I am currently on paddock board with my big guy but I am not happy with the quality of his care. The fella who does the feeding is not very consistent and if he even sees a tiny bit of hay left over from the previous feeding he will not hay him, even thought I pay for two feedings a day of hay and grain. I've worked very hard to put weight on him and I don't want him losing because the BO does not have his act together.
Most of the boarders do self care board at my barn for this very reason, no one trusts the BO to feed. I am just finding this out now that I've been there a while and the other boarders trust me now and as we chat they are confirming my fears.
I know I can get there once a day, I do that now to feed my boy lunch and have been doing it for 6 months. I always change out his water as well at that time. I could probably get out there a second time most of the time, but I'm concerned that sometimes I may not be able to. From what I am hearing he is already being fed in an inconsistent manner and I feel like I could most likely do a better job even if I'm not perfect... A couple of the other boarders help each other out and offered to help me as well. All the self care folks kind of look out for one another which is nice. I am about 8 miles away from my barn and it takes me 10-15 minutes to get over there depending on traffic. It will actually cost me about the same when I factor in the feed and hay I will need to buy myself and it will be more work, but I will get a stall and paddock instead of just a paddock with a run in shed. There is zero fly control at this barn as well and the flies in the paddock are really beating him up (his tail was chopped off and sold when he was going to slaughter and hasn't grown back enough to be much use to him this year against the flies), if I went self care I could put him inside in the stall during the day during the worst of it.
But I want to hear about other folks doing self care board. What do you like about it? What problems have you run into? I want to make the right decision thank you in advance for your input.