Here we are at the end of June and I still haven't heard anything from them. I feel like it isn't really any of my business so I haven't brought it up with them again, but I really want to know so I can plan for the future.
Lately I've noticed things disappearing from the barn. You know, like their horses. All three are now gone. The only horses that are left are the three that belong to the boarders. I've noticed improvements being made as well, and today I saw the tack room has been cleaned out like crazy. Our table is gone and a lot of the BO's tack is gone. I can read between the lines!
I've secretly been barn hunting since I found out about the possible sale. I checked out quite a few barns but none of them fit the bill for one reason or another. Since I didn't have to hurry up and leave, I decided just to keep my eyes open in case something else came along. It just so happens that something else did come along. I went to check out the place yesterday before work and I really liked it. It's everything I'm looking for and a little bit more. It costs more than I've ever spent on board, but I think it would be worth the cost. There's an indoor and outdoor arena, nice stalls, and a very private, no-drama type atmosphere. There's a problem, though. And it's a biggie.
They have the best pastures I have ever seen in North Carolina.
All I kept thinking was how FAT my pig-horse would get turned out on pastures like those. And god only knows what would happen to her hooves. The barn manager offered to very slowly introduce her to the pasture, but I'm more worried about the long term. She would absolutely have to wear a muzzle, which is an idea I hate. I asked if they had something a little less lush, but they do not.
While I know even the crappy pasture Lilly lives on changes, and thus the sugar levels also change, it's minimal because there really isn't anything out there for her to eat. I've never had to worry about having a barefoot horse on such a lush pasture. Lilly already has high maintenance hooves and we really are still transitioning, so I don't want to move her somewhere that will cause me extra grief.
So I'm asking all my barefoot peeps and hoof nerds out there if this is something that is totally manageable and I'm freaking out for nothing, or if this could really end up being an issue for me.