It took him a while, but Izzy now uses every square inch of his home. He's learned to follow the shade, and he visits with his neighbors when they're around. I see him hanging out next to the stallion quit often even though they are separated by a double fence line.
I used to shovel all of the cubes into buckets for my boys' twice daily feeding (and ultimately was doing one of the other horse's buckets too). Now, the ranch owner takes care of the feeding regimen. She adjusts the hay quantity each day based on what was consumed the day before.
If Izzy leaves a lot, she feeds him a little less at the next feeding, but when he eats most of it, she throws him extra. No one worries about hay scattered on the ground. If there's enough, we gather it up and feed it to the group of horses across from Izzy. I no longer have to buy supplemental hay which saves me both time and money.
I also love that the bulk of Izzy's diet is a high quality grass hay with alfalfa to round out his ration. He gets all he can eat without me having to worry about him getting too energetic from the calorie dense alfalfa. And now that both boys are on Platinum Performance with some added beet pulp, I feel that their nutritional and turnout needs are more than being met.
My absolute favorite time-saver at the ranch is not having to water the arena anymore. I did that for so many years and hated every minute of it. The sprinklers were heavy, muddy, and I always ended up with water dribbling down into my muck boots. While the ranch's arena is a little dusty, it settles so quickly that I hardly notice it.
Since the arena is getting used every day now, the ranch owner has already ordered a product that practically eliminates dust. She applied it a number of years ago, but it has since worn off. I love that she is concerned enough about my riding experience to make it even better.
So yeah, new barn is working out great, and life is good. Very good.