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post #1 of 14 Old 08-11-2009, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Switching barns...anxiety & concerns.

I;ll probably switching barns in the next month here. The new barn doesn't have as many amenities like lockers, stalls with runs, or as big of an arena as my current one, but the stalls are newer, they face outside, the turnouts are bigger with trees, and there is an aray of training/lesson help opportunities. My biggest concerns is the stall not having a run, I don't like thunder to be boxed up all the time, but it will be just through the winter....in the nicer weather they are turned out all day. And the hay is really good timothy grass hay, but at the moment, Thunder is on orchard hay with a bit of alfalfa in it. The biggest thing is that I will be saving $125 a month, have the opportunities to grow with Thunder and progress (as right now we're stuck with no help), and there's no drama at the new barn. Should I just get over my minor anxieties and make the plunge?? I know it will be a good thing, im just so worried about telling my current barn im leaving. I've been there for a year and half, but just not going anywhere with my 3 YEAR OLD.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-11-2009, 06:59 PM
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is there any way you can buy a bale of hay off your current BO? That way you can introduce the new hay to his hay?

I understand about being concerned that he wont have a run attached to his stall, but if he's only going to be in there for the winter (I'm assuming he'll be turned out during the day/good weather, but in at night) that it shouldn't be a big adjustment.
My horses go from being turned out 24/7 (as soon as it stays above at night) to coming in at night in the winter. While they weren't exactly thrilled with having limited space, they made due.
From the sounds of the new barn, it seems like it will be a good thing for you and thunder.
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i JUST switched barns 2-3 weeks ago and i had tins of anxieties...i even broke down in tears the night b4 the move wondering if i was making the wrong decision. despite my fears i moved and although me and my horse are still a little jumpy i am SO happy i moved! just remember that everything will turn out fine =] good luck...sry i didnt answer any of your other questions i just thought i would give you some encouraging words - at least i think theyre encouraging lol!
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-11-2009, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks D!!! that made me feel so much better hearing that, im sucha worry wart horse mommy.

Dreamride, thanks for the words, it really really did help me. Deep down I feel this is the right decision for us, and im actually getting really excited for this.

Now I have to get the guts to confront my BO. I have some ideas of how to say it, but the initial bringing it up is going to drive me crazy until I do it. Plus I think I need to give them a 30 days notice.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-12-2009, 12:49 AM
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I too just moved my horse to a new barn. I completely understand your fears and worries. I was stressed out before my move too. I guess we are all a bunch of worry-wart horse moms huh? I love the barn I am at now and I think Major does too. He has a stall for bad weather and winter and a turnout for fun and exercise and I have a riding arena to ride in and a place to put my tack. When it comes down to it, isn't that all they really need. As far as how to tell your current BO...I think the sooner the better is the way to go on that and don't hem haw around...just get right to the point. You know you are gonna worry about it until you get it over with. Good Luck! I'm sure you will love your new barn!
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-12-2009, 05:06 AM
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Swopping barns is not only a big deal for you but also your horse.
Sit down with a sheet of paper - "what's wrong with the existing barn and
what is right with the setup?"
Then try to do the same paper exercise with the new barn."
Routine is important for the horse but many horses adapt quite well to change with time - in the olden days horses were locked up (sometimes in stalls) whenever they were not working but there again they worked a lot more than horses do these days.

The one thing I value about my barn (in English read "stable yard") is the wealth of expertise in the other owners that there is to call upon whenever a problem presents itself. With a 3 yo horse, you need help in bringing both yourself and the horse on. The downside is that when another horse in the barn gets a cough - then quite often the cough goes round.
A very important thing to do is to talk with the other owners - get the gossip - disregard half of what is said and then ask yourself if the place still sounds Ok.
Money - well you own a horse don't you. It is never going to be a cheap hobby. If you have a horse, then you'll always be short of cash. The question is "can you afford it?"
Barry G

PS You can always go back if it doesn't work out.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-12-2009, 12:19 PM
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your BO shouldn't take it personally as it is just part of business.
I dont have any words of encouragement for that as last time Tom and I moved the horses, it was because of lack of care and we had heard that they'll hold the horses and claim they never got a 30 days notice so we sent it in the mail via certified mail (I believe anyways)

also, when you do give the 30 days notice, you dont have to stay the 30 days. (Though i would look in your contract just to make sure)
We moved Gem and Vega a few days after we mailed them the notice that we were leaving.
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Have you made up your mind yet whether you're moving to the new barn?Whatever you decide...I wish you and Thunder well and that you will be happy there.Good luck!!
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-12-2009, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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I am certain I am moving. It's going to be a change, and there aren't as many amenities as the current barn, but there is so much knowledgeable help there, that we can finally move forward in our training. As opposed the the current barn where there is never ever anyone out there and if they are they turn their nose up to me. The thing that sucks is that there is no tack area in the new place, but i can get a portable tack container, or tubs. But i think that the good really out weighs the bad in this case. Plus the new place has clinics and practices natural horsemanship every month!

Thank you guys so much it means so much to have support. I will put it in writing D thanks!

Sandy- You are so right about him hawing...that's something im terrible about! i think ill tell him thursday when the farrier is out there.

Barry- I can afford the barn im at, but if i can save that much money, that leaves more room to breath and relax. Thanks so much for the advice, makes me feel much better about the decision.

HS-Thanks so much!!!! ill be sure to let ya know what happens :)
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Make sure you get lots of pictures too!
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