I believed I touched on this here (Military Horse Lovers) a little while back. I am in the military but am also very much into horses like most other people on these forums! I would love to own but am concerned about the possibility of being away from my horse for 6 to 9 months due to deployment. And while it may not even happen, it is still very much so possible.
In all honesty I am dying for my own horse. You know that feeling you got as a kid when you really wanted something but your parents wouldn't let you get it? Yeah, I feel like that except now that parent is my job and my concern!
Like in the other thread I posted, some horse owners have dealt with it. But this would be my first horse and while I do have many horse buddies down here, I don't really have THAT much guidance with my particular situation.
I have thought of a few things...
The obvious is to just suck it up and not get a horse. While I would LOVE and enjoy horse ownership, I can still satisfy at least some parts of my horse fever by lessons and whatever leases I can find. Unfortunately leasing is not common here, and there are only so many opportunities to do so (I half-lease a horse, but he's the only one I've found here and it!)
Another option would be to put the horse in pasture board. Then I'd have to worry about if he/she is eating enough, health, farrier visits, and reconditioning. Not feeling too good on that one.
Something else would be to board him/her and pay someone to train and/or exercise the horse. My worst fear is being responsible for having a bored, cooped up horse. And for the time period I'd be gone, that would be unacceptable. I do NOT want my horse to sit day in and day out in a paddock. I would also have to arrange for the boarder to have my horse vetted if need be.
What do you think?
And whether military or not, has anyone ever dealt with having to leave your horse for months at a time? How did things work out?