Not big on a global scale, but definitely big on a personal scale. I decided to move my horses to a new barn this fall. The atmosphere at my current barn is outright hostile, and I figured since I invest so much time and money into my horses, I should be able to enjoy the time I spend at the barn. That hasn’t been the case for months now, and I’ve had enough.
Along with the shitty atmosphere it is almost impossible to turn out your horses during the winter months, or in bad weather in general. I’m convinced that lots of fresh air and time spent outdoors is the best you can give your horses. I found a barn not too far from where I live that offers all-weather turnouts with run-in sheds for one and two horses. I snatched a double. After the move, Snoopy and Chicolina are going to live together and can decide for themselves whether they want to be inside or outside.
The barn is located farther away from the Rhine, which means there will be fewer mosquitos to irritate Chicolina. The area is nice and hilly, and there is a lot less traffic, which means lots of hacking this fall. Yay! And it’s a barn with owners who are very involved and just take great pains to keep everything as healthy for the horses as possible. They produce their own hay, straw, and oats. The arenas get taken care of every single day which means there is much less risk of injury. The indoor arena isn’t quite as big as it is at my current barn, but still 20x40m, which is fine. In addition, they have one big (20x55m) and one small (20x40m) outdoor arena with floodlights, a round pen, a walker, and lots of pastures.
I’m sure there are going to be things that tinkle me off at the new barn too, but people seemed very friendly whenever I visited and it is a really good fit for my horses and me.