I haven't boarded since college..and we had full care and you feed and care,which I always did..we bought our hay and fed and cleaned our own stalls which I prefered.
We had alot of fun,made great life time friends. Now I have my own barn and place..It was fun getting together with other horse peeps.
I often wondered what they are charging now, compared to the 80's I paid 125 per horse and I did all the feeding and care,stall cleaning..they provided shavings and out door exercise paddocks and indoor arena.
I remember some months sleeping on a cot next to my Gus in his stall..now that is love or dedication lol or just plain crazy,but I have always had horses and they are huge responcibilities,especially financially..I guess it comes down to priorities and sacrifices because your heart is invested, It's easy to choose for me.
To have faith helps to,when all of us have gone through this drought,I think about my neighbors culling their herds...the corn and soy bean farmers..but It's part of the life of farming and ranching, we stay supportive of eachother..sometimes it can be alot like a crapshoot...but we just have enough faith that next year will be better.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.