I have a confession to make. I am DREADING this barn shopping thing.
When I first found out we might be moving to Seattle I was so excited. I started googling eventing barns and horse trials and all that jazz. English! Eventing! Not having to drive 10+ hours to get to events! Tack shops that know what a martingale is!
When I found out for sure we were moving to Seattle I was still excited. I listed out all the barns and emailed the top ones on my list. And then the middle ones on my list. Half of the people I never heard back from. The other half? Well, the only answer I got was “full”. *sigh*
So because I was having a hard time doing it from a thousand miles away I made the executive decision to not do it at all. We were going to be back in Nevada at the end of April for a wedding. I could leave Dandy with my jump trainer, know that he’d be getting a good education and be well taken care of, and have two whole months to find a place to keep Dandy in Seattle. That decision made I could focus on packing and enjoying the time I had left with my pony.
Only now I’m here in Seattle and have been for almost two weeks and every time I think about having to find a barn or someone asks if I’ve found a barn yet, I get such a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I just don’t want to do this! It’s hard for me to change my priorities up here as well. I don’t keep my horse outside because I’m a cheapskate. I keep him outside because I honestly believe that that is the best place for him, that he is happier and healthier out there. Well, here in Seattle because of the rain and the smaller spaces there just aren’t really any big time stables that offer pasture boarding. Okay, fine. But now I need to find a stall that has as much turnout as possible. So many things to think about.
But I pulled on my big girl panties tonight and emailed five barns. A few of them who I had heard full from to see if I can come out and visit anyway and hopefully get on a wait list. Here’s hoping. I know things will work out in the end, it’s just getting there that’s the hard part.