Re: livery yard vs renting a field
Im not an experienced horse rider, but have been around horses along time.
I understand what you mean about some yards being bitchy and always making other peoples buisiness their own..I used to work at a riding and training centre, and there was never a dull week there, alot good, but alot of witnessing arguments, so not so good.
So not sure if my advive will benefit you in any way, but this is what I would do :
- Write two lists of positives and negatives..one for the place your already at and one for the new place, and then look through your lists working out which will benefit you and your horse more.
- Work out costs for both places, what your paying now to what you will be spending if you move.
- If I was set on moving and there was space for another couple of horses, I would maybe see if a friend wanted to bring their horse too for company for both horses and yourself. As you may find it a bit too lonely from what your used to, and sometimes would be nice to have someone to hack out with from time to time.
My advice prob wont help much, and you have more than likely already done all those things or thought about them all. I dont have a horse myself at the moment but thats what I would do in your situation before making a decision.
as there will be positives to being at a livery yard, always having a helping hand if needed, advice ( although this forum is great for that )
But being on your own will have benefits too especially as you mentioned above your not so keen on other people wanting to know your business..and you will prob feel alot more relaxed, which can only be good for you and your horse..
Do you not know of any other yards in your area that are a bit more friendly and relaxed about things..? ( I saw you also mentioned above for any advice on other livery yards in your area )
Hope you manage to get it all sorted..and happy again soon.