12-01-2008, 09:32 AM
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Well my family owns a boarding farm, so we don't get to leave very often! It usually takes a fair bit of organizing before we can leave too.
We have one hired hand who does stalls Monday - Friday, which is of course a huge help. She's great and extremely dependable (imagine that, GOOD barn help!). When we're away she'll bring the horses in for us in the afternoon and feed them and stuff.
We have one neighbor who is great with the horses and used to lease my dad's old horse. She loves it and enjoys helping us out. Then in exchange, we take care of her cats/dogs when she needs to go away.
Our boarders are also great when we need to go. They'll feed for us, turn out, bring in, clean stalls, etc.
We're really very lucky with all of the people we have available to help us out. I'm away a lot for shows during the summer and without them I have no idea how I'd be able to leave! It's a lot of planning but it's all worth and we've never had a problem.