I am looking for some honest opinions from other owners that do all of their horses care at the place where they do their own feeding, turnout, stall cleaning, etc, board. There is a horse rescue that I am going to start donating a little bit of my time at that also offers boarding to owners of nonrescue horses as well. I have been wanting to get another horse since I had to find a new home for mine 2 1/2 years ago when we moved. (He went to an awesome 4H home and gets tons of pasture and love.) At that time we had a mortgage and rent to pay and could no way afford the boarding prices here.
Now I am working and we don't have the mortgage, I can afford another horse now. I can afford the board and feed but I am a bit worried of the drive to the barn every morning before work to do chores then on to work. I wouldn't have time to change before work because the barn would be sort of on the way but not directly on the way. I would definitely have to redo my whole morning schedule because we only have one bathroom and 3 people to share before work and school. Also I don't get off of work until 5:30 and couldn't make it to the barn until about 6pm to feed on the weekdays and after that on Fridays because I work until 7.
How other owners do it? I know there are lots of people that do but I am wondering how people that have been doing it for a while feel. Are there options like rotating with other boarders or things like that to help out. I am new to this boarding stuff because I always kept my horse at home so it was a lot easier.
Thanks everyone. Sorry it's so long.