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        07-15-2010, 07:34 AM
    How do I add a poll? I should have done that!!

    I currently have no horse so I'm jealous of all of you! Boarded or at home I'm sure you all love your horses!! Mine will be at home but my husband wants me to wait until after we have our next baby.. I'm so accident prone..

    For those of you who have them at home, what do you do when you go on vaca? We were trying to plan a trip to Europe (husband's idea, not mine) in three years but I will need someone to watch two kids and a horse! Ahhh!
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        07-15-2010, 09:03 AM
    Originally Posted by AmberPick    

    For those of you who have them at home, what do you do when you go on vaca? !
    Simple. We do not go on vacations.

    When we had to leave town for a funeral we had a good friend take care of them for the weekend.
        07-15-2010, 03:22 PM
    Yep, we never get vacations longer than just a few days (if that long) and we have someone here in town that comes up once a day to check water and feed.
        07-15-2010, 08:59 PM
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Yep, we never get vacations longer than just a few days (if that long) and we have someone here in town that comes up once a day to check water and feed.
    Well, we will be visiting my family (we'll be in Florida traveling to Wisconsin) right before I get my horse and we're visiting his family in Texas this winter.. I guess they are just going to have to come down to see us! :) :)
        07-16-2010, 03:20 AM
    Green Broke
    I would personally love to have my horse outside my door but I live in an apt. So that's a big issue,haha.

    I board at a new stable and love it! I get excited every time I see her...which is everyday sometimes twice a day. I like the fact there are other horse owners that can help you out. I didn't know how to fit an english saddle untill the other day because I asked if someone could help me out :) If you have your horse at home it is harder meet people and get that help.
        07-18-2010, 02:47 AM
    I own a boarding facility so my horses are at my home and I wish they were boarded somewhere else! LOL

    Then again I take care of 28 and my boarders drive me nuts.. lol :oP
        07-20-2010, 12:55 PM
    Green Broke
    I board (but we are looking for a new property of our own). My old barn was horrible (it was where I "rescued" Hunter from). I always worried about him and it was 45 mins away. Now I am at an awesome place 20 mins away with a huge outdoor lit arena. He has a humungous stall with paddock and has his own pasture 10 -12 hrs a day. They are all very well looked after. He used to have a pasture buddy but Blitz chewed half his mane off so now he gets it all to himself. My old barn always had people around and I never left anything there as it would disappear. Now there are 5 boarders including me and everyone respects each others stuff. I never run into anyone there, I always have the arena to myself - although it can be kinda boring.
    We have 10 acres 3 hours away from here and we are going for 2 weeks on the 30th and this year we get to take Hunter, so I will have him outside my door for a little while anyways.
        07-20-2010, 01:34 PM
    Green Broke
    I board but we have been seriously considering getting a place with some acreage...but after recent events I am more happy I board. I don't think I would have survived the last 2 weeks if I had to worry about my horse too so I guess boarding does have some advantages.
        07-20-2010, 01:57 PM
    We have our horses at home. It's a lot of work to clear the pasture, but it would have to be done, horses or no horses. We learned the hard way that the daughter's family and DH and I cannot all go on vacation together. The trusted friend and neighbor let us down big time and did not care for the horses as she promised. We came back to horses in a very sorry state. If we had boarded the horses, they would have been fed while we were gone, but then again, we wouldn't have had the $$ to go because of the high boarding fees around here - Catch 22?

    Next year daughter will have to limit her sojurn with us on vacation to just a weekend - since the horses will be in a (by then) all cleaned up pasture with a big spring fed pond, another neighbor up the road will only need to check on them for the couple of days that daughter is gone.

    However, if we were boarding, we would have ready access to people with WAY more experience with horses to turn to for advice - hey wait - that's what YOU guys are for!
        07-23-2010, 12:31 AM
    I have my horses here. We have 300 acres of wooded pasture, and our barn. Working on building a pole barn with 6 stalls.

    There is no way possible I could afford to pay board on 10+ horses each month.

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