I recently shared with you the direction that my current barn is headed, but I was informed yesterday morning that he also intends to get a bunch of chickens and some pigs. ... I don't mind chickens (used to have some myself) but I don't like them being around the horses, and the coop is going to be right next to the barn. And pigs? I'm not sure where he plans on putting pigs, but it's officially time to go. For reals.
So M and I went back to the other place that we both loved. It's the barn that didn't have room for AJ to be on pasture board. It still doesn't... the owner agreed to keep AJ out 24/7 if I paid the stall board price. So if I'm paying the stall board price, I might as well get a stall. Boarding there is going to be way more money than I want to spend, but I need to get them somewhere I'm happy with. I need to get them somewhere I know they'll be taken care of.
Having them on co-op is costing me way more money than I thought... it's actually only a few dollars cheaper than putting them at this new place. The difference will be peace of mind, and about 3 extra hours per day to spend enjoying them instead of taking care of them.
Here are a couple pictures of the barn:
|18 stall Morton barn built in 2007.|
|Private tack lockers, 2 wash racks (w/hot water), lounge, and restrooms!|
Did I mention I don't want to spend what they want for board x2? I have been considering another option... boarding AJ at a different barn. One of the places I looked at before was nice, but it lacked the facilities I'd need for Lilly, like an arena and a wash rack, so I passed on the place. The lady was super nice, and her horses looked great. Their property was close to trails and the boarders there go trail riding all the time. So I could take AJ out for group trail rides on occasion to spend some extra time with him. I would really prefer to keep them together, but the place is fairly close to my house (and only 12 miles from the other barn) and I'd just have to make it a point to go visit him.
Has anyone ever boarded 2 horses at 2 different places? It would save me about $175 per month, but I don't want it to turn in to a hassle.