I work this out in advance with each boarder. They must come a minimum of 3X's per week. I don't care if they ride or not (some horses are retired and I make sure they are pastured daily for exercise) but they must groom and handle their horse. If they can't they must arrange an approved friend/
Family member, another boarder or myself to do this for them. If I do it, they are charged for it.
Do we see Joshua 3 times a week? No. Has it been a few weeks since we've seen him? Yes. Do I like this? No.
What do you do when someone is ill? We've had some very significant illnesses around here and we can only do what we can do. It's not what we want but it is what it is. Does Joshua forget us? Absolutely not! We are the only boarders. Our BO has three of his own horses. He trains other horses from time to time. He also does hooves and worms himself.
Joshua is the bottom of the barrel of his herd. He's the newbie and he's the youngest. Even so, when he sees us he comes forward from the back of the crowd because he knows we're his. Even the horse I usually ride, the largest gelding who thinks he's the king of the world, lets Joshua come forward. They all know that we belong to Joshua and he belongs to us.
We don't have to have friends/caregivers approved. We have brought out my daughter's friends to visit the horses many times. Now, we didn't go out to the farm without the BO until he was certain that we were safe. We still don't take out Joshua for rides without the BO. He's such a young horse and we're such greenies that I'm not comfortable with that yet. Hopefully, this new year will help us to stay healthier and we'll become stronger and better able to tack up and ride more often. We're due!