Worried about bonding with the mare I've just begun to part-board
Although I may not be exactly new to the horse world with several years experience riding and working around farms, I most certainly am new to part boarding and the opportunity to spend so much time with one particular horse.
I've just finished my first year at University, and having come home for the summer months, I knew it was time to get back into riding.
I've just begun part boarding a 9 y/o thoroughbred mare, who is absolutely beautiful and such a sweetheart. She hasn't been ridden in a little while, and I've been coming to spend time with her almost every day, as she is very close to where I live. I talk to her, spend a lot of time grooming her, and have been working on calming her down, as she has just recently moved into her new home less than two weeks ago.
What I'm most worried about is how things will be at the end of summer.. I love this horse dearly, and I've only been working with her for the past week, and I'm worried how going back to school in the fall will affect the both of us.
Once classes start again, I will only be able to come home to see her once a week, if even, and I don't know how she will adapt, as I'm currently the only person working with her.
Will she be okay? The idea of disrupting our schedule and flow, and the mental image of seeing her waiting at the gate for me on days I will not be there breaks my heart.
I guess, ultimately, I'm just looking for someone to guide me and tell me their own experience with getting attached to their four legged partner and having to say goodbye such a short time later.
Any and all replies will be appreciated!