Could this be a comeback for my adventures with Spot and other pony adventures? Could be! But for now, I’m hoping my readers (if there’s anyone left!) can help me out with a conundrum of mine.
It’s pretty much a granted in most people’s horse lives, that is unless you keep your pony at home. I currently board at a lovely place, lets call it Barn A, and I had planned to move to a different place, Barn B, at the end of the month. Yes, I know…the end of the month is literally 5 days away. The reason for my leaving Barn A is because it is expensive and the cost was getting a bit prohibitive, also sometimes the care is a little hit or miss. Barn B is cheaper, the people are just as nice, care is solid, and while the essentials are there (covered arena, good feed, and TO) it’s definitely not as nice as Barn A.
I told the BO of Barn A that I was leaving and she was quite sad to see me go because I’m a super low key boarder, Spot is an easy horse to care for, and I’m pretty normal and sane when it comes to horse people. The other day, BO of Barn A asked if I would be willing to stay if she reduced my board. She said the price would stay at that price for 2 years at least. That totally threw a wrench in my gears, because I was thinking the day before that I was going to be a little sad to leave Barn A. If I take that offer, the price difference between the Barn A and Barn B would be $75. I’m totally torn now and was hoping if I could get ya’lls opinions. I’ve created a handy dandy Pro and Con list here below.
- Actual Grass Pasture TO, pastures are about 2-3 acres in size
- 3 Arenas with good footing to ride in. 1 is covered
- Big Stall for Spot. 12×24 with attached paddock
- Stubby, the other mare I ride is there
- The property itself is beautiful
- Small gallop track in the summer
- Quiet barn, not too many boarders
- Long drive way and paved route around the barn for hacks. Good for tendon building!
- Good footing in arenas
- Care can be hit or miss. Spot has not had water while in TO several times.
- Feed can vary often. Sometimes Spot gets fed wayy more alfalfa that I want
- Stall paddock fencing is a little rough and not super safe
- TO will be very very limited in the winter/rainy season bc the BO is protective of the pastures
- BO can be strange and sometimes has yelling matches with her hubby
- Good quality feed
- People are nice and horses seem happy
- Good friend riding buddy boards there
- Low key atmosphere
- Care is good
- Solid fencing in TOs
- Property is not as nice in general
- Arena is smaller, and only 1 arena
- More boarders
- TO is only for a few hours, and on dry lot
- Stalls are mare motel stalls with no paddock
- Would have to go back and forth between barns to ride Spot and Stubby
So, should I stay or should I go? Based on the above, would you still move or stay?