Welcome to self care!
We've been doing self care for a year now and I would DIE if I had to go back to Full care boarding.
Our horses are a big monetary investment, and they are very important to us, and it is very hard, if not impossible, to find someone else to take the proper care of your horse that you would do.
As the saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself.
We are very happy for the ability to make ALL decisions about our horses ourselves, when they come in, when they go out, what to feed, when to feed, etc.
When we were in full care board, we were constantly butting heads with the barn owner about stuff....like turning our OTTB out in inclement weather, leaving him in alone, not turning him out at a set time so that he would be left in his stall with the others for most of the day, not changing his water buckets every day so his water was fouled with dissolved grain, slobber and hay....not refilling bucket when it was empty, not cleaning his stall regularly, putting him in with horses that he fought with, not doing anything to make the telephone pole guidewire in the pasture visible to the horses, not feeding him enough hay, not feeding him quality hay, and this list could go on forever.
Where we are now is a farm with a 6 stall stable that is a private residence. There are 23 acres of pasture and lots of trails....and we have it all to ourselves. We do self care as the barn owner has severe back problems, but she will bring the horses in, turn them out, unfreeze their inside water in the winter(outside water has a tank heater), throw hay in the dry lot or in their stalls, fill their buckets with the hose in the stall or dry lot....
She just can't do much in the way of mucking or carrying water to the buckets in the far field....
ALL horse decisions are left up to us. If we want them to come in for a storm or heat, we call her and let her know.
The horses actually let her know, lol!D! Seriously, when they get hot or if the flies get bad, they will come in from the far field and stand by the stable door....that is her cue to bring them into the stables which have walls that open on each end, dutch stall doors, and a huge barn fan that blows into their stalls.
They are so spoiled.
This is our schedule. The horses are usually left out in the dry lot paddock overnight unless the weather is bad. 7 am the barn owner turns them out into the grass pastures. They come back into the dry lot and stand by the stable door waiting to come in to their stalls(even though the pasture has LOTS of shade and trees!????? WHY????) around 11 am, later if the weather is cooler. She brings them in to their stalls and turns on the huge fan and opens the end walls, which are doors... when they come in from the far field. We get to the farm around 4 for feeding, mucking, riding, etc. We usually give them 2 more hours of grass time , then We usually leave around 8 or 9 pm....and turn them back out into the dry lot paddock. Next morning is a repeat of the day before.
By the way: our horses only get 6 hours of grass time on advice of our vet due to fatness.