Being at my friends house was great but I really needed an arena to get back to work. I spent much of June calling stables and stopping in. I had originally hoped to move to the stable across the street. The more I thought about it the more I realized I wouldn't be happy. The indoor is teensy with questionable footing. The outdoor is lovely but only in the summer.
I ended up at a place I always thought looked amazing. I didn't go there initially because of the price and I thought it was father. After driving to BFE for ten months anything seemed closer. And once I went there I realized it was much much closer. Stalls in the small less expensive barns rarely come up but they just happened to have an open space so I jumped on it. I figured I would be on a waiting list for months.
The main barn has about 40 stalls and is very fancy. Everyone seems friendly and I talked to several people who have been there for many years. Much better than my old barn where a boarder didn't stay more than a few months. Dickie is in one of two four stall barns. I get the benefits of a high end barn then go back to my quiet barn. We could never afford fancy barn but I think I would like the little barns better anyway. The stalls are 12x 14 and he looks like a pony in there. They are bedded at least six inches deep with fluffy shaving. My horse is a huge pig and the stall didn't even look dirty in the morning between the size and amount of bedding. He loves deep bedding and has fun rolling around.
The gelding pasture is giant. You can see it towards the upper right (has trees along the left and back corner). He was hilarious when I turned him lose. He ran and ran. He wasn't panicked he just ran for the fun of it. There's about ten geldings and they all get along. When I went to get him today he already had buddies. He must be pretty happy because I had to walk half way across the field before he decided to come.
There is a 100 x 200' indoor, a 200'x 300' all weather outdoor, and a round pen. There's also 80 acres of trails, cross country jumps, a water obstacle, and access to even more trails off the property.
And best of all they provide feed. Most of the barns in this area don't include grain and often don't offer alfalfa hay. EVERYTHING is included. No more stuffing hay in my car! No more wrastling 50lb bags of grain with my bad back. The only thing I need to provide is his supplement.
I still can't believe we found this place!!! We just moved weds and he's already settling in. I rode him today and I didn't want to stop. There is so much to explore. I can't wait to get through a weekend of work so I can get back in the saddle.