URGENT: Should I move stables tomorrow? Is a deep ring an issue? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 10-04-2013, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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URGENT: Should I move stables tomorrow? Is a deep ring an issue?

I'm in a terrible situation. I know I have a previous post about this but I would like to re-explain focusing on the important parts instead. If you don't have time to read the first paragraph please skip down to the line, or if you really don't feel like reading read starting at the underlined!

I've been at this stable for over a year and I love the facility. It's 40 minutes from my house, which is extremely strenuous as a full time student. After the 2 stable hands were fired, my trainer was forced to take on all of the boarding facility. Drama between people at the stable, occasionally involving cursing and arguments, as well as a belief in the lack of professional care (which I've never personally experienced) resulted in many people leaving. It's a great price for me but the gas money and time is a huge expense. My trainer got kicked out by the BO so since then the care has changed and he isn't allowed to come back. Now the BO is adding unnecessary fees if I want to have another trainer come, so I'm working with my greener horse as a not-entirely experienced rider.

There's a barn 5 minutes away from my house, twice the board, with a much more organized sense of care and I can see my horse more. Unfortunately there is only an outdoor ring and I don't think anyone else there does dressage which is fine but it might be a bit difficult. My trainer may be able to come train me there, otherwise I'll just have to switch trainers as much as I don't want to do that..

Only issue is the ring is really, really deep. I watched a horse ride in it today and the whole horse's hoof was submerged in the sand, up to if not past the coronet band. My horse has arthritis and the last thing she needs is to get injuries from this. There's a chance I can move tomorrow but this is the only place to ride and I don't know if this is an issue!

Please help me out. I'm really concerned for my horse's well-being and I'm just freaking out a little bit because I so WANT to leave ASAP...
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-04-2013, 07:47 PM
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Your horse would have to be conditioned to it. Really deep sand isn't the best as it isn't the most stable footing. If your horse already has issues then you may want to consider someplace else.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-04-2013, 07:59 PM
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Why is this marked urgent?

Yes, deep footing is an issue.

Do you have any other options?
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-04-2013, 08:10 PM
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I would not move there, period.

If the footing is that deep you are stressing her legs tremendously while she acclimates, if she is able to acclimate.
You already have soundness issues if she is arthritic...why would you knowingly move to a barn where you are going to compound the situation.
I see vet bills in your future the way you describe the "new" place.

So far the only plus I read was it was closer to home.
You said it is double in cost, lousy deep footing, no trainer for your riding discipline and don't know if your current trainer is welcome...

Figure out the pros & cons by writing them down.
Costs for gas, time traveling, care of your horse, etc...

Honestly, many barns charge a "ring fee" if you bring in an outside instructor. They are entitled to it when someone who doesn't bring revenue by taking lessons with them wants to ride with an outsider.
Depending upon what other "fees" are now being initiated might make a large difference in what I would do.
If you are being nickle & dimed to death to make up for the exit of many boarders that is not fair to you... if fees are being put in place that you should of been paying and is customary in many other barns..... IDK...only you can weigh the differences and know what is acceptable to you, what you will put up with or what will make you leave also and then find another barn with amenities such as you have for a price reasonable or the same as what you currently pay...
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This is marked urgent because the situation at my other stable is extremely stressful and I had the opportunity to move today, but I can't take the risk of injury.

Unless they drag the ring and make it able to be ridden in, I'm not moving there. I need what's best for my horse in addition to what is best for me... and that isn't the ideal situation at the time.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-05-2013, 01:32 PM
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IMO, horse care first, riding second.
If the horse care at the current place is bad, move somewhere where it is good immediately and forgo riding to find somewhere where the horse care is good and the footing is good.

And a note on footing, generally speaking hard footing is tough on joint issues like arthritis and soft footing is tough on soft tissues. So if the horse has no prior soft tissue injury, as long as they're conditioned in the footing, it should be fine for light work.
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If you read this you'll probably understand much more of what I'm going through:

I don't even know how to identify how the care is. At first what happened is the fired both of the stable hands. At that point, my old trainer took his string of 9 horses and left, and then more people began to pour out. At that point my trainer was then forced to do all of the work of the entire stable from feeding to watering to cleaning the stalls. There was a whole lot of drama between him and the owner (this trainer is seriously the sweetest person ever), talk of gossip and people turning on each other, and more and more people began to leave. I feel like most of the people up there have left, and the amount of boarders has really shrunken. I heard some things of the care being negative. The problem is that I haven't had any personally horrible experiences with the BO being rude or anything, but I hear things of her being a liar, unstable, blaming people for random things, being unprofessional (I have experienced some of this), leaving a halter and chain on in a stall or something like that for some time, having the hay nets too low, etc. I have seen her ride my horse and I know she is trying hard but her riding did not have the experience to deal with my horse who is a challenging horse to ride and didn't compare to my old trainer. It's kind of a bummer to hear myself say these things such as that she isn't nice or such because I haven't experienced any issues with her personally, but I can say that I am concerned about her being unstable for my horse. My horse is field board and I always know she is getting fed and watered and all of that, but I really am just done with the drama and I want to get out. Plus it is 40 minutes away and the distance is too far for me to be feeling that negative every time. My dream stable just gave away their last stall yesterday, but they may have another opening in the next few weeks... so I'm praying and being patient... I wish I could move somewhere in the meantime but I don't have a place so...
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