Ours are at home which is our only real option here anyway. They were "boarded" at a neighbors until we got our barn and fence put up, but that turned into a bad situation. There are no "real" boarding facilities here 'cause I live way out in the middle of nowhere. However, I think I'd choose to have them at home anyway. I've decided that the chores on cold days aren't too bad as long as I have the appropriate clothing & boots for it (let's hear it for Carharts!) It forces me to get some outside time in the winter which I need or I get grumpy. We definitely are more bonded because hubby and I are their only caregivers.
As far as the travel concern that others mentioned, we have neighbors that are horse people and they'd help us out, just like we'd help them. I think if you have some horsie neighbors nearby like we do, you can get most of the benefits of boarding that people have mentioned. I always have plenty of people for advice, people to ride with, etc.
I think the only downsides for us are the lack of spiffy facilities: indoor arenas and round pens. When we had almost of month of 20 degree highs recently, there wasn't any riding going on at all! Also, so many training suggestions people make involve a round pen which just isn't an option for us, but we manage to make it work in other ways.
While their care is definitely time consuming, if they were boarded we would just be spending that time in the car to get to them. I'd rather spend time in the barn instead of the car anyday!
I was normal...then I got a horse.
Last edited by snoggle; 01-28-2010 at 04:30 PM.