Big secret.. ok not so big... I've never been real happy about the level of care my mares get at my current boarding situation and things seem to be getting a bit worse. Here we are in September and both my mares are loosing weight. It's not drastic but I'd really love to see them with a bit more fat padding going into winter. Then there is the whole turn out, or lack of it, during winter months, always battling to ensure they are getting enough hay and water, etc.
My goal this year was to move out of the little house in the big city and into a little house in the country and move the girls home. Well economics says differently at this point in my life so I have some decisions to make.
To move the girls, or not to move and make the best of it.
Full Care, partial care, or self care
I've put my name and deposit down on a waiting list months ago at great full care place (A), but I need two stalls and they rarely have one available. It's 12 miles north of my office, which makes it 32 miles from my house. It's $300 month per horse, and no fee for trailer parking.
Then I found a private barn owner who is leasing stalls out of her barn for $150 per stall, self care (B). Location can not get much more perfect. It is almost half way between home and work and private. Fencing has to be redone and I need to run my own electric along top inside rail (keeps Rosie off new fence). It is setup to be 24/7 turn out if I want it.
Contract is a bit harsh, wording like "if horse gets loose for any reason, it must be stalled immediately then removed from farm within 7 days". Well PBO has 7 kids, am I to be held responsible if one of her kids leaves a gate open? Must pay for trailer parking and not ready until after November.
Saturday, I'm going to look at another private barn, owner is leasing stalls at $175 partial care (C). Stalls are available today. Partial care in this case means I provide grain/hay/bedding and clean my stalls. They feed\water twice a day and turn out/in. I don't know much more than that. It's 20 minutes due East of my office not real convenient from home but I'm driving nearly an hour from home now and this will be about 30 minutes closer.
Only A has an indoor arena, C has an outdoor, and B the neighbor said I could use her outdoor arena (no indoor). A and C are owned by trainers, and C claims to be a barefoot trimmer as well. B is a family that has just purchased property which has barn, 6 acres and wants to board a few horses.
I do know something needs to change. I want to enjoy my horses and not dread what new nightmare I'm going to find when I go to the barn. I can't afford vet\farrier bills that occur from the subpar care they are receiving. I LOVE the barn's atmosphere itself though. It's quite, no drama, indoor and outdoor arenas, the boarders are like a family. Not to mention the HOURS upon HOURS of trails to ride.