Barn Shopping

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.

9 thoughts on “Barn Shopping

  1. He used to be a bad stall walker and always ate the straw. So make sure he’s on shavings so he doesn’t fill up with bad food.

    1. Thanks for the tip! I’m also hoping to find a stall with a run in so he at least has a little more space. Cross your fingers for me!

  2. It’s a different world out there. 😉 For starters, you really don’t want your horse pasture boarded, because it is so freaking wet that he can develop rain rot just from never drying out. Plus they have a chronic lack of space, so turnout is… not really there? I mean, it depends on what you’re used to. I’m in Idaho, and what Seattle peeps think is turnout, I think is about the right size for a nice size stall/run combo.

    Also wetness. It’s wet. So wet. Always wet. The stall allows him to get out of the wet and maybe let his feet dry out a bit.

    Speaking of wet, I hear that fungal ailments are the name of the game. I guess you get used to it.

    If you want any help, bloggers and are in that area and are wonderful ladies who I’m sure would help you out. 🙂

    1. I’m so with you on the turnout size! It’s completely different then what I’m used to. While I had thought about the rain and mud (I hate dealing with scratches!) I hadn’t thought of rain rot and other fungus. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that. I guess it will be a good learning experience.

      So many new elements! I shoukd probably just expect this to be more like being back in MN and not at all like being in the desert. 🙂 Thank you so much for all the advice. I’m starting to get a little excited again.

    1. Hey, also wanted to let you know that I’m having trouble commenting on your blog for some reason. It just doesn’t go through 🙁 I’ll keep trying though. Hopefully that changes.

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