Not being able to freely "take off" on a day trip or vacation, or anything really - not even when family calls and says "Hey, we are all meeting for dinner, why don't you join us?" Well - we probably won't join you, at least not in a timely fashion, because your scheduled dinner falls precisely during the time we are doing evening chores. We do all of the work at our facility ourselves (there are only the two of us), and it is very hard to find people who can be trusted to take care of 13+ boarded horses as well as we take care of them ourselves. Since we aren't willing to risk it, we just don't go. We are lucky right now, in the sense that we have two couples boarding with us now whom we'd trust with the horses. Granted, NOBODY cleans stalls to our liking except us (I should start a thread on here: how do you effectively clean a horse's stall?). However, the issue then becomes "Okay, we have to pay for the vacation ANNNNDDDD probably just as much, if not more, to employ good, dependable, trustworhty people."