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        04-16-2010, 07:03 PM
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    Green Broke
    Leaving for the Army

    On June 2 I am leaving for basic training in Fort Leonardwood MO. Ill be there for 9 weeks then I think I go straight to AIT at Goodfellow Airbase in Texas.

    I know I wont be able to have Charlie at Basic so he's going to stay at the ranch for the nine weeks.

    What I don't know is whether I should try and have him brought to Texas for ait. Ill be there for 34 wks. But it will be more like a 9 to 5 job. Ill have nights and weekends off so I could have charlie there to ride and maybe compete.

    If I did that I would wnat to have him at a ranch instead of a stable...

    Just wondering what yalls opinion is on this?
         
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        04-16-2010, 08:16 PM
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    Weanling
    Sorry, help clarify for me - you want to bring him there while you're in Basic? Or after the fact?
         
        04-16-2010, 08:18 PM
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    Foal
    I think you need to bring him to Texas. Horses needs their owners and you need your horse :)
         
        04-16-2010, 08:23 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    No a can't have him at basic (MO) but a can have him while I am at AIT(texas) the problem is I have NO idea where ill be stationed after AIT. My parents are fine keeping him at the ranch but it would be really nice to have Him with me. I've had him since he was born and I've trained him but then theres the possibility that I would be shipped out of country and would have NO time to find someone to care for him.

    Regular shipment is 1yr so he would have to go back to my parents ranch during that time.

    Its caotic I know
         
        04-18-2010, 05:11 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    I'd say take him in this situation, for sure. Will you have time for him?
         
        04-18-2010, 05:51 PM
      #6
    Banned
    I think if you can find a nice place to board him near you, why not? 34 weeks is a loooong time to go without being ridden, and without riding!
         
        04-18-2010, 06:05 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    I'd take him with you. I have friend that recently went through this (except she's in the Air Force) and she sold her horse. She said it was the worst mistake of her life.
         
        04-18-2010, 07:43 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Honestly, it depends on your job. Some AIT's are no walk in the park..Some are!
    -prior service.
         
        04-18-2010, 08:53 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    A 34 week AIT makes me thing you have selected a fairly intensive MOS. My suggestion would be to report and give yourself a good six weeks (if not more) to get a real feel for the lay of the land, so to speak, and then decide. What you have been told it will be like and what it will actually end up being like for you are likely to be two totally different things. Better to error on the side of caution than to find yourself in a horrible pickle and realize too late that the situation is not exactly what you expected.
    Also, factor moving him again at the end of AIT when you go on to your first duty station. Is he a horse that does well with changes? What if your first duty station is not one to which you can reasonably take him? Will you be comfortable leaving him in the place you move him to for AIT or want to ship him back to where he is at at the moment?
         
        04-22-2010, 08:31 PM
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    Green Broke
    Thats what I was thinking. I would love to have him there. And he really needs to be there. I am the only one that has ever really ridden him. I've deen the only one training him. But its mandatory to have one year of overseas shipment so I have NO idea what I would do with him when I had to leave. I probably wont have very much time to make quick arrangements so if I had to leave the same day for somewhere I would have to find someone to come pick him up and take care of him for that time. He's going with me to AIT for sure. Im going to get settled for a couple weeks then my parents will bring him down but I have no idea what to do during the rest of my enlistment.
         

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