This is (yet another) post about when you know it’s the right time to change barns. As a bit of background information, I’m an adult re-rider that got back into hunter/jumper land about 5 years ago. I live in an urban area. I’ve never switched barns before, so I guess I’m feeling a little apprehensive/guilty because I do love my current trainer, and I’ve been with this Trainer A since I’ve returned to riding. I have one horse that I compete with. The only thing that’s making me want to leave my current situation is the facility itself. Here’s a bit about my current place (A), and potential new barn (B):
Facility A: The main bonus is that it’s 5 minutes from my house and 15 from work. It’s a very busy barn with several jumping arenas. My horse is currently in a 12x12 barn stall, and the horses cannot see each other/socialize through the sides of the barn. Limited turnout (although this is common in my area due to urban setting). No access to any sort of trails as it’s basically landlocked by the freeway and streets.
Facility B: About 30 minutes from my house, and 20 from work. Reputable H/J trainer available for me to switch to. Less busy with more space, and has access to lots of trails. However, this also creates an increased fire risk due to my location in the US. 12x24” pipe corrals that are covered, and the horses can see/socialize with each other through their stalls. Still somewhat limited turnouts. Two jumping arenas and a dressage court.
Thanks for your input in advance!