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post #1 of 9 Old 09-20-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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My absolutely horrible boarding situation *rant* *advice needed*

Hi everyone. So I hope you don't mind a bit of a read, I can sense this coming on.

I have a wonderful young mare and she is just an absolute doll, but she needs consistent training, in addition to my own (since I'm not particularly experienced with the greenies)! There has been a lot of drama at my stable for the past few months, most of which has not involved me so it hasn't been a big deal. But apparently other people sensed that the care was decreasing after several stable hands were fired, and the barn manager was left to do all of the horse training as well as maintenance, which was a LOT for him. I had been riding 3-4 days a week and my trainer (also the BM) had been doing 2 days a week riding, which really helped my girl get solid skills. But when I texted him Tuesday to ask how his ride was, he said that he left the stable.

It turns out he had been "asked to leave." There had been so much tension, much of which I don't even know about to this day. So now, I'm up there without a trainer. Since he was the primary caretaker, now the BO has to take over all of the care along a couple others up there and some high school boys who work on the weekends. So, the care has changed. Of course I'm sure they have experience and whatnot, but I feel that there has been a lack of professionalism. It's kind of as if they've been trying to keep it professional by informing us of what's going on and trying to make the place better, but I can tell that underneath there is something weird going on, or at least there was. A lot of people left and more people up there are leaving. I'm on the side of the "younger population" up at the stable, and the other people my age are getting ready to leave too to go to my trainer's new stable. I'm currently driving 40 minutes to get to my stable as it is already, and this stable that he moved to is even further away, so I don't think it is reasonable. He said that he would come and train me where I move to, but I don't know yet how far he would be willing to drive. There is another great trainer up at the stable that is boarding there (assuming she isn't moving since I haven't heard otherwise) but I keep calling her to ask (yesterday, again today) and still no answer. I'm getting impatient.

The reason I'm staying at my stable is because it is not only comfortable for my horse, but because it has an indoor arena and the price is affordable. But, I'm a full time student Monday-Friday and it is a 40 minute drive each way. It's a long drive for me to handle.

I have a stable five minutes away from my house that is twice the price of board but it is a beautiful facility. The only issue is, it only has an outdoor ring and it is full of jumps... The ring isn't all that large, there are a lot of boarders using it, and the winters where I live are usually pretty rough so I'm afraid I would not only lose ride time, but my horse would become untrained and stiff because she has arthritis (as a 6 year old--I know, it's odd) so every single ride counts.

There is another stable about 25 minutes away, so it isn't close but it is better, where my new trainer is already scheduled to commute to, my old trainer leases the place, it has a huge outdoor and a very sizely indoor and the care is great. However, I would have to keep my horse at the lower barn, and I would have to walk her at least a quarter or half a mile to get to the rings every single time. She isn't exactly the most comfortable anymore with going on little hikes and trails, and won't that be difficult when it is raining even to get to the indoor? It's the same price as the place that is closer.

I know I'm not going to get everything I want with a stable, but I don't know if I should stick it out, if I should move right away, or what I should do! It's so complicated and I feel extremely biased in the situation, but I don't know WHAT to do. Some people even said that there are hidden cameras/recordings going on at the current stable, recording peoples' conversations and whatnot... I just don't know what to do but I feel like I need to make a quick decision. Help!

Thank you <3
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-20-2013, 08:32 PM
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Why do you need to make a quick decision ?

The place where you'd have to walk from the lower barn , is the problem that your horse will be spooky and difficult because its outdoors?

Because she could get used to that and become more comfortable with it. AND, you could ask or a stall in the upper barn, no? After awhile?
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Not sure what you are paying but factor in what you will save on gas. That could be quite a bit if you go regularly.
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300 for the current place, the other two are 600 each. I want to just get out of there so I can be settled in and get comfortable with a new training scenario. And yeah, there's a potential of her spooking going up that far and it's just a bit of a complicated situation because I won't be close. Plus I fear since she's never had stall board before that she might get nervous being down there mainly alone although maybe I could request that she spend most time outside
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Plus I want to decide on something before the winter so I can adjust before it gets super freezing out. Come late October and November, things will get extremely chilly. We get a lot of snow too sometimes
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Oh and also I want a stall at the upper barn which would be extremely convenient but it is 100 dollars more (which would be worth it) however there is no space up there because all the stalls are taken
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what area of the country do you live in? That is a big spread in price.
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I personally would move, something else you have to think about it the cost of injury, colic, or what not if the level of care slips even more, meals are missed, or horses are fed incorrectly. I would really sit down with a piece of paper (or two or three), write down the pros and cons of each place, figure out how much gas you are using to get to your current barn, and how much you might use getting to the other barns, and see what the difference is. To me, 600 is extremely pricey. I lived in San Diego, right near Del Mar, which is a big and expensive horse area, and full board (includes training) was maybe $500 if you were boarding at the horse park, but generally was closer to $400, but $600 is an unheard of price. I do my own training, so when I board, I'm just looking for boarding, no training, so the average is about $250 for boarding. Just so you know why I'm saying that $600 seems like its way expensive. Good luck in your search.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-21-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,
I'm still confused about what to do but i'm trying to just stay calm. I think I am putting too much stress and energy into the situation instead of giving it time to play itself out. The BO has offered to help me with training and is a good rider so hopefully that will help. I think it's really kind that she offered to do that for me and since then I think I'm starting to warm up to the situation a bit more. There are too many variables right now.
thanks.
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