2 Matched barns--which one do you like?
I think these barns are both good. I have boarded at both. The distance to both is nearly the same. I have been thinking perhaps it is worth moving. Is one better?
Good: It is beautiful. The hands on owners live right there. They maintain barn/fields/trails. The BM is known for getting almost any horse a good weight. The pastures are about 1 acre per horse, in groups of 3 to 5. The grass is beautiful. There is NO mud. In the summer, horses can be out all day and night. There are indoor and outdoor rings. Both are good sized. The hay and grain if wanted are perfect. Bedding is always provided. The trails are wide roads. There are lots of boarders but rarely is the ring used. A trainer is not encouraged but is allowed if desired. Trailer parking is available. I do not know the cost. Trailering to a local show is I believe free.
Not good: The fields are closed when winter begins. They are open when it gets dry in the spring. If your horse needs to be turned out alone, getting a field is hard. The horses when inside get hay twice per day (at 10 and 3). No extra is allowed if your horse is fat enough. I rarely find any hay in his stall. The indoor footing is tricky. Stalls are not cleaned every day. The landowner next door allows trail riders with conditions. Hunting is allowed on both properties. The BO does not ride.
Good: The barn is private. There may be one or two other boarders. The BO lives next door and is there several times per day. The stalls are cleaned well every day. Good feed is provided. The land is against a large tract (a thousand acres or more) that does not allow hunting. The barn is fairly new. The stalls are matted. Turnout is done weather permitting all year. The BO rides, owns horses, and gives lessons.
Not good: The pastures are leased. The BO does not fertilize or care about mud in the fields. One pasture is on a hillside. Another is around a hill and across a creek. There is a small bullpen inside the barn. The outdoor ring footing is mud and is not level. BO feeds a certain amount only of feed. You must provide extra. The trail from the barn is tricky and uphill.
One barn is much cheaper than the other. I will not say which one.
Which one do you like better?