Ezhno and I are moving barns!
It might seem like an odd decision, what with the upcoming changes (I’ve been so busy, I feel like “more on that later” is my new mantra), but this move has actually been in the works since Ezhno and I got back from the Pinto show in May. As much as I like my current barn‘s expansive facilities, I’ve been keeping my eye out for a stable with more turnout time and, well…
Guys, there are paddocks attached to the stalls.
I am losing some amenities in the move: goodbye onsite farrier, individual tack lockers, and all of those glorious jump standards. In particular, I’m sad to be losing the cross country/trail course and the 3/4 mile track (which is silly, because I rarely use them!). The SEC also boasts downright huge arenas (two indoors and two outdoors, plus a round pen), so I will be taking a hit to the sheer amount of riding space I have available to me.
And, of course, there are friends that I’ll be leaving behind. 🙁
But as much as I love how lively the SEC is, I’m excited to move to a place with more personalized care. KW’s arenas are smaller… but the indoor arena has professionally installed, rock/dust free, sand/clay/loam mix footing and the outdoor arena has all weather coarse washed sand. On top of the paddocks attached to the stalls, there’s additional turnout available and the barn can provide everything from blanketing to exercise riding. The facilities might not be as extensive as the SEC, but they sure are fancier—and all for a comparable price.
Okay, let’s be honest: it’s all about the better lighting for the Instagram photos. 😎
The nice thing about moving to KW is that Trainer A and Trainer M already teach lessons/train horses out there, so I’ll still be able to take lessons with the Ready to Ride program. At the same time, I won’t be boarding at their main headquarters anymore… which I think is a good thing! From what I’ve seen around the blogosphere, most adult amateurs don’t take weekly lessons (try more like monthly, if fortune smiles), so I think it’s beneficial for me to move towards independence.
It also helps that I already know several people at KW. Two of the lovely equestrians I met while I was helping with R2R’s summer camps last keep their horses (Teeq and Lily) at KW, and a couple of the girls from my program’s 4-H group board there, too. In fact, it was Scooby’s owner that landed the final blow and convinced me to make the move.
There’s another reason for the move (see previous comment about “more on that later”…), plus the barn owner at KW already knows about my plans to sell Ezhno and has graciously offered to reserve a stall for me for my next creature.
I went out to KW for the full tour a couple of weeks ago and I loved what I saw! Ezhno officially makes the move to KW today (probably right around the time that this is set to post), so you can expect a full tour of KW’s facilities (and lots of pictures of nice dirt) at some point in the near future. 😉