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Should I move boarding stables?
So I have been debating for awhile on whether or not I should move to a different boarding stable I like the place I'm at but it's 45min from my house and due to work and the prices of gas I'm not able to go out there everyday like I want to. I found this other place by my house that is literally like 5 min away from me that I can partial board at so I can see my horses everyday and take care of them myself. The only problem there is no trails near by for me to ride on and no arena for me to practice barrel racing. So I'm going to make a pros and cons list for both places and maybe yall can help me decide?
Current boarding facility:
TONS of trails
A nice big barn with tack rooms
Farrier lives on site
A few boarders kind of like family
The nicest staff!
Free trailer parking
Cons-My horses water is always dirty
Cut back on my horses feed from 1 and a half scoops 2x a day to just a half a scoop 2x a day (which has caused my horses to drop in weight)
Can't see my horses everyday
No grass at all in turn outs just sand
Made the turn outs smaller than what they were when I first boarded there
Turn outs have fallen branches from trees and sticks everywhere
The arena and round pen are not maintained the weeds and grass have grown up to my waist
Boarding facility by my house
Pros-Grass in turn out
Very Close to home
I get to take care of and see my horses everyday
Free trailer parking
Bigger turn out
Cheaper than my current place
Cons-Not very many places to ride
No tack room
No barn just a few 12x12 outdoor stalls
I might have to find a new farrier (and in the Houston, TX area good farriers are so hard to come by they are worth there weight in gold I swear and I have a pretty darn good one)
So any advice on if I should stay or go?
no trails near by
no tack room
The existing place has some big negative also, but if you cannot ride and practice as much... well, maybe be on the lookout for a 3rd alternative :wink:
I don't know, the cutting back of feed and your horses losing weight, plus the dirty water would make me want to move. There isn't a third alternative at all possible?
The question for me is, how far are you out of Houston? Did you just do a "visual" type barn search or did you try an online search?
I did a quick search on boarding stables in Houston (Google search) and quite a few came up in the listings.
The current barn is good for you WHEN you're there, but not so much for your horse due to no grass and being in a sand lot.
The newer barn is already a step up in quality of life for your horse, and you'll be there but not many places to ride.
Riding is as important to me as quality of life for my horse. You need to ask yourself the same, because if you find yourself needed a designated space to ride (like marked trails or pasture or arena) then the new barn isn't filling all of your needs. It could be a good transition barn since it offers better care for your horse than he's getting atm. (I'd be so concerned about the pen with sand...)
Personally, I'd move to the boarding facility near your house - the Pros of your current facility looks like it meets most of your needs, but the Pros of the one near your house looks like it meets most of the needs of your horse. :)
There are quite a few boarding stables in the Houston area. I live in Northern Houston area. I have searched both on the internet and by driving there are 3 facilities very close to my home the one I mentioned, one is very over crowded, and the final one is crazy over priced (and I don't want to have to end up selling one of them when I will be moving in 9mos) There are how ever a bunch in the Conroe area but they are like I mentioned before 45+ min away from me which I don't mind driving at all but that just means less time I get to see them which is only on weekends as of right now.
I do think the needs of my horses are superior to my needs. Since I will only be boarding there for a short time the lack of riding space isn't a huge concern but it is one (for the place by my house) but a weekly haul to the trails isn't that bad for me either.
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