When it comes to my horses, I try not to move them either, but it happens. In the nine years that I've owned Speedy, he's lived in two places: four years at Silverado Stables, and five years at my current barn. I hate moving. And yet ...
There are so many reasons to change barns. Equus just had an entire article devoted to what you should look for in a new barn:
- List What's Important to You (And Your Horse) - I have very few needs. First and foremost, there must be safe enclosures, but that's a no brainer. I also need ample feed and a riding space. I am a pretty simple boarder. I don't need blanket changes or my horses walked to turn-out. I don't need supplemental feed doled out, and I can clean my own stalls. I am a hands-on owner. While my needs are simple, Izzy's are not. He made it very clear that he needed more space.
- Determine a Budget - Both barns are pretty close in price.
- Consider Travel Time - Both barns are right next to each other, ten minutes from home.
- Ask Around - My friend Laurel is good friends with the ranch owner, and I've known the owner for several years. She long ago gave me permission to ride on her property.
- Visit and Ask Questions - She invited me to drop by. We worked out the details.
- Request a Tour - I had ridden through her place so many times that it wasn't necessary.
- Sign a Contract - Done (or will be once she gets it printed)
Lucky for Izzy, eh?
As we settle in and get to know the place better, I am sure I'll post more pictures. For now, I am super excited about this place!