I currently board my horse.
I will need to purchase another home.
This is where I ask for ya'lls kind advice.
Boarding vs. Home Stabling of Your Horse
Those being boarding or home stabling. The attached article has great pros/cons for both. Key word in my situation, I'm SINGLE - the single bread earner, gardener, shopper, bill payer, mender, fixer of things undone, etc.! I'm alone in all that I do except with my horse.
I figure I have three (3) options:
1. Purchase a patio home and continue to board my horse ( considering the pros/cons ).
2. Purchase home/land (build if necessary on a budget) w/in 20 mile radius of work and purchase horse trailer and travel to riding trails further away ( considering the pros/cons ).
3. Purchase home/land in riding country with access to 3,000 acres of riding trails; yet, 45/50 miles from work ( considering the pros/cons ).
My horse is 8 and in 10 years I'll purchase another horse. I won't sell my current horse and want him to have a retirement home (hopefully with me) and be the pasture mate to a future horse.
I'd like to address that I'm not certain if I can hook up a horse trailer by myself and I really like the comraderie of boarding. Also, I've recently lost a parent and my mother is aging and needs help and I'm the eldest child with no children (45 years old) and have been given the task of part-time 'caretaker' by my siblings (aren't they nice?!). This is a stressful task.
I guess another option would to be continue to board and purchase a patio home (less yard work and more freedom) and continue to look for land nearby that is reasonably priced that I can prepare for my current horses's retirement and home for future horse?
Many thanks to all of you.