Due to increasing charges, I had to move my gelding to a new facility in July.
I’ve had a lot of trouble as a rider and am wondering what would you do?
-I trust the handling of my horse
-Lots of turnout
-Lots of hay
-My horse is relaxed and content
-I’ve made some new friends
-the barn layout is easy for my boy - my horse is quirky with doorways.
-indoor ring is hardly drug and has a huge rut all the time
-Indoor ring is super narrow
-Outdoor ring is deep, hard and/or muddy in many spots
-Barn is very busy based on size of arenas and riding space is tight based on the above comments
-MICE. I’ve spent over $100 buying traps, repellent and totes. I had baby mice chewing my splint boots and saddle pads. There is debris all over- blankets, saddle pads, garbage, untouched crap all over. They cleaned the grain room and found a family of 7 under the pallets of grain
-They often leave horses outside in severe weather- there are no runins or shelter at all
-I have found mealworm larvae in my supplement bin, meaning they are infesting the grain or hay or something. I’ve found 3 in the last week.
-communication is not good. I am often left out of the loop or not informed about things. They gave my horse hay after getting this teeth floated an hour before the vet said was OK. They didn’t ask me or tell me and I had been in and out all day.
I’m hesitant to move him because:
-I just literally moved him
-it’s going to be winter very soon. My horse is quirky about doorways and I don’t want to unsettle him and have an issue
-my other option is a 35 to 40 minute drive compared to a 10 min drive. I’m talking 50+ miles round trip compared to 10 miles.
-the other option is also another $100. Definitely doable but has been nice to save $$
Is enough enough? Should I just bite the bullet, deal with the drive and go? Or should I winter it out?