Looking at a relocation possibly in September and I’m starting my search - yes I know this is quick…nothing like trying to juggle all the balls at once!
I’m posting here because I think a barn who has foxhunters or eventers will most likely be most suitable for my guy.
My needs are fairly simple:
Turnout (as much as possible)
Hay (as much as possible when not on good pasture - I will pay extra for a slow feed hay bag and more fed if necessary)
I will supply grain unless that causes an issue, in which case I can generally deal with whatever - he’s an easy keeper
Fly mask on in summer (otherwise his eyes swell shut)
Ring would be nice, doesn’t have to be fancy - Indoor would be great, not mandatory
Access to trails would be lovely
My horse is a saddlebred and for whatever reason that makes some people weirded out by him if that matters. He does not wear fancy saddlebred shoes nor is he particularly upheaded. He is well behaved, easy to lead, even when something does get him “up” he never pulls (he just looks all big and snorty, he’s really fine). Not a cribber, weaver, excessive spooker or anything else like that.
Budget is not really an issue, however sometimes I find at high end barns the focus is on showing but not on care. I don’t care about fancy - if it’s nice, it’s nice, but care is 100% the important part.
Unfortunately I cannot have this horse in a training program due to some of his other quirks, so mandatory training rides are right out unless it is with someone I implicitly trust - and that has not gone well for me with this particular horse in the past. I ride him frequently but he does just fine with once a week rides - I just rode him after 30 days off and he was fine.
Recommendations would be awesome. I currently live about 600 miles away, so I’m going to have to start the screening process remotely. I’m totally not freaking out right now (ok, yes I am) but I know I’m in the right place for help! TIA!