Boarding barn near Conroe, TX?
This is my first time posting (first of I'm sure what will be many!) and I'm wondering if you all can help me out.
I JUST found out I will be moving to Conroe (Houston), TX in November and am wondering if you all have any recommendations for boarding barns.
I would still like to take lessons. I have gotten into eventing this past year and purchased my first horse in January after having started riding 3 years ago. We are by no means your "serious" eventer, but hope to be at a level to compete at rated shows in the next year.
MUSTS for a barn (aside the important basics: safe fencing, quality hay/grain, adequate pasture, safe/secure facility, good management, etc. etc. etc.)
-pasture board with run in's/adequate shade (and free choice hay) or stall board with turnout- he is a bit of a hard keeper.
-Arena for riding with jumps (indoor, lighted, covered, a plus! but not necessary)
-wash racks and cross ties
Would also like:
-Trails or trail access
-trainer on site
-facility that provides shipping to shows (for a fee, of course)
-barn lounge and restroom
-area for tack storage
Would NOT like:
-a facility that primarily does only lessons (aka a lot of kids running around)
-a facility that requires riders to be neatly turned out while just riding (ie. won't allow tank tops, requires polo shirts, has to have all hair completely under helmet)
I am sure I will think of more, but this is a start. It is going to be hard to leave the barn Im at now as it is PERFECT in every way: the people, trainer, management, facility, all the trails, the atmosphere... it could not be any better. Leaving where I am now will be the hardest part of this whole move.
I could also use recommendations on farriers (currently barefoot, may add front shoes in the future), vets, Equine chiro & massage therapists, and trainers in the area.
If any of you have moved your horse like this before (800 miles), do you have any tips?
Finally, what is the Eventing scene like there? Are there a lot of opportunities for schooling shows? What about Jumpers and Dressage? Any information you are willing to share is much appreciated!!
Thanks so much!!