After carefully weighing the pros and cons of the situation and everyone involved, I've decided to move Lilly once again. I really hope this will be the last time, and I'm feeling confident that Lilly and I will love it there.
I know, I also thought that about the barn from hell. You know, the barn where my horse's tail was chewed off by goats, where my horse abscessed after my instructions were ignored, where my horse reinjured her ligament and then ended up with cellulitis and dermatitis. That barn!
I've spent many hours speaking to the owner of the new barn and I've been very impressed so far. We've been very up front and honest with each other to make sure she's a good fit for me and I'm a good fit for her. She's an actual horsewoman instead of a barn owner trying to make money and has a lot of experience with just about everything. She limits the facility to 6 horses at a time so she can cater to the needs of each horse and has offered numerous suggestions about issues I'm having with Lilly. I feel that she'll be a great person to have looking after my girl because she'll truly have Lilly's best interests in mind.
All arrangements have been made and I'll be taking Lilly over Friday morning. The BO has her stall ready to go and I'm very excited to get her moved and settled in. We'll have a large arena with lights to ride in (about 3 times the size of my current ring), a 60 foot round pen to play in, and Lilly will have an open, airy stall with a fan for the summer. All the pastures have incredible run-in sheds (more like barns without doors) and all the fencing is white vinyl. It's a lovely place. I'll make sure to take some pictures of the facilities on Friday to post.
M will not be coming with us, so that is the only down side to this new adventure. I am looking forward to Lilly being split from Baby, though, and not being pastured with anymore mares. The new barn has nothing but geldings, so we'll find one Lilly gets along with and that'll be her new buddy. She doesn't get attached to geldings like she does mares, so I'm hoping that will eliminate a lot of the issues I've been having with her lately. There's a show on Saturday that M won't be going to and I'm planning to take Lilly there to ride her around and see how we fare on our own.
I have a lot of reasons for moving, but I won't bother to get into specifics here. They'll be moot in a few days and I'd rather look ahead to Friday.