Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time for a Change!! (Part I)

I remember reading (or not reading because I didn't find them interesting) articles in horsey magazines that dealt with boarding and the foreign term "barn drama" of which I had no frame of reference because I was a kid.  Now as an adult and after three years of boarding I get it.  And I know why it's frustrating and why it's the subject of many articles and forums.  I'm not sure if this is normal or not, but I've just moved to facility #3 in just over 3 years.

That's right:  We've Moved!!!!

The facility is only 4 years old so it's all pretty shiny still.  The new BO just moved her horses in on Sunday so there is still a lot of unpacking and re-organizing to do but I really like her and her husband and their dogs and everyone else I've met there so far.

There are 30 12x12 matted stalls and Junior has a window he can look outside and the doors have yokes so he can stick his head out into the wide aisles.  He seems really content so far and he got his feet trimmed this morning.

The tackroom has 30x30 closet sized lockers with two saddle racks in them for each boarder, So that's why I'm selling my tack box.  And I don't have a garage to put it in and I'm not sure I want to keep it in my apartment.  And considering the fact that I would build it differently if I did it again, I think it's okay to let it go.... IF I can find a buyer...

I'm not fully moved in yet, but the essentials are there.
Junior at the far end of the arena looking back towards the stall area.

The barn has a pretty good sized lesson program going on but she will only have 4 riders per lesson and she really has everything organized and streamlined.  I am quite impressed with her attention to detail and professionalism.  They compete on IEA team and do some nearby show circuits so I will still be able to get to the shows I want to go to, but will probably still be the only adult.  Oh well.

The arena is a nice 90x200 size and is insulated.  We had our first ride yesterday and we were able to ride during a jumping lesson so there seems to be plenty of room in there.  The outdoor is 125x250!  There's a heated lounge/viewing area with vending machines and a kitchenette.

She likes to have clinics and is willing to work with me on resurrecting our monthly dressage lesson clinics.  I'm able to continue a working-boarder situation so that is helpful for me financially as well as physically and mentally.

Junior went out today with a new turnout buddy and it seemed like a good match.  Junior was his bubbly annoying self and ran right over to Bruin, but Bruin seemed to be enjoying himself and not getting too annoyed.  There was lots of running around and some bucking and sniffing and some play biting, but by the time I left they were nibbling grass (though there isn't much) and stray hay bits next to each other and looked pretty chill.

Life is good. :)


  1. Sounds like a good situation for you and your horse!

  2. WOW that place is just beautiful! Hope the barn drama does not find you here:)

  3. Gorgeous facility! Love it when they're all shiny and sparking. And I DREAM of a tack closet like that! Wow!

  4. This past year was the "barn moving year" for me too. I moved 4 times, but looking for a safe environment for my horses was my top priority. Hopefully you've found the perfect place for you and Junior. It looks amazing!

  5. WOW!! It looks like a very nice barn. Junior looks very happy there.

  6. Sounds like a nice new place! Hopefully you guys do well there.

    I moved around a lot my first couple of years. I'm on my 3rd barn in 4 years (or so...) and I'm finally happy...

  7. The facility is beautiful! I have done my share of moving around too, although not in three years time ;P I would move now, but there seems no point until he makes the final move home. I am envious however, of the plethera of beautiful facilities you seem to have in your area. ;)

  8. Third barn in as many years here, too, so I feel your pain. The new place certainly looks fantastic! We have huge lockers like that, too, and I just love it!!! I hope the new place works out great for you and Junior.

  9. Looks great there. I agree, barn drama is THE worst, so hopefully you have found a peaceful situation.