It seems that worrying I wouldn't find a place in a good livery yard might be in vain!
Saw a 2nd place last night - more laid back than the first, and a bit cheaper but with guaranteed all year turnout. As a result the fields are in a poorer state, and don't have any shelter. Plus it's further away from where I live (10 miles) and there are lots of youngsters about (people, not horses!
.....although there are some incredibly cute foals...). But, it isn't too expensive to put a horse on schooling livery if I end up buying something that needs some extra work!
And.... another place gave me a call back yesterday to say they've got space. Distance-wise it's between the other two, but otherwise I know nothing about it at the moment.
AND..... my previous instructor answered an email and has said she would consider a 'barefoot only' livery. Very tempting as I respect her views, knowledge and ability with horses - but it is 20 miles away, at least half an hour's drive! Plus it can be very quiet - I could see myself hacking out alone a lot....
It's all compromises isn't it?
<---- Confused Deb
There's less choice of horses than there is livery yards!!!