Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: South Berwick, Maine
• Horses: 0
So I am a new to the horse community as well. We board, but we own our 2 horses so my situation is a little different. We are extremely fortunate to have a very supportive and patient BO who will help with any issues we are having. We are also very fortunate to have a wonderful farrier, and vet. I can tell you without the supportive team we have, horse ownership would be an absolute nightmare for us.
With that being said, I understand why you are hesitant to leave the barn where you are. You are emotionally attached and invested in the horses you lease. But you have to ask yourself what are you giving the horses, aside from love and treats if you don't know how to ride, and the BM is not willing to teach you? Horses love to have a purpose, whether it is pleasure riding or ground driving, or pulling. A healthy horse isn't just healthy physically; they need to be emotionally and mentally healthy as well. If you are the only person riding these horses, and you are not riding, they are not getting everything that they need. At least, that is how I look at it.
I would say try to find another barn to lease from. I find that small, backyard type barns were a little more accepting of me being a novice, and rescuing a needy, hardheaded draft horse. The barns with fancy indoor riding rings basically told me if I wasn't planning on riding him (a 19-year-old, severely arthritic horse, who only speaks Dutch) he would basically be in a stall all day. For me, that was a huge red flag.
We lucked out and found a wonderful small, family-owned barn. The owner lives on site, there is somebody there almost 24/7. Each horse (unless you have 2 or 3) has its own barn stall and pasture so they can come and go as they please, and there are no "open hours" so we can come and go as we please. The BO and the other horse owners (all 4 of them) have been very supportive and helpful when we got Duke. Loretta was a piece of cake to bring home so there wasn't much help needed.
If you need any help, or just want to complain, message me. I will always try to help a newbie out whenever I can!