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        08-08-2012, 10:08 AM
    Being Away From Your Horses

    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?
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        08-08-2012, 10:47 AM
    You're In El Paso right? I think there are several options for you. Board at a farm or don't get a horse.
        08-08-2012, 11:48 AM
    Some military bases offer boarding barns. I know Millington, TN (USN) has a boarding barn. I have heard that there is a base in Hawaii that has it's own boarding barn.

    Down here at Keesler (USAF) and Sea Bee's (USN), there is no military boarding barn, but I can name at least 4 horse barns in a 15-30 minute drive from these bases that offers boarding. I have one friend who is a Navy wife, and she has I think 4 horses that she brings with her when they move from base to base. I know different bases offer different things. IIRC, Little Rock, AR (USAF) has an RV park. Down here at Keesler, there's a boat ramp and some water sports stuff.

    Horses are like a commodity, much like bringing your boat, motorcycle, or RV with you. You would have to talk to your Travel Management Office (TMO) about their process for moving horses, if they move them, or if they compensate you when you do a DIY move. However, this would be for moving from base to base within US boarders. Going over seas? I have no idea what you would do for horses in a situation like that, other than leaving them in a boarding barn somewhere.
        08-08-2012, 12:29 PM
    Thanks for the replies!

    Yup Country Boy, I'm in El Paso.

    Moving within the United States wouldn't be a problem. Boarding isnt the issue either; there is not stable on post anymore but I know of many boarding places.

    It's the temporary overseas deployments that worry me a bit. As much as I want a horse, I don't think I should get one without coming up with a plan.
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        08-08-2012, 12:50 PM
    That is very responsible of you to think like that.

    There are many boarding barns thatll keep the horse while you are long as you send payment each month id pay in advance for X amount of months if it were me. That way itd ensure my place in the barn.

    If your really looking into a horse, find a great, trustworthy boarding facility and volia.
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        08-08-2012, 12:55 PM
    You would have to leave them at a full board facility until you returned. That isn't unusually. People who pay full board don't always come out to see their animals as they are being taken care of for them. It would come down to trusting the boarding barns owner and manager really, to leave them for so long. I don't doubt a good barn manager would be willing to help out, and send pictures and updates while you were over seas. I still keep up actively with my barn even though I am away at the time with my husband on his short term PCS.
        08-08-2012, 07:56 PM
    Thanks guys!

    Hopefully I would be able to work something out with a full board facility. I actually talked to someone recently out of curiosity and she was quite helpful and understood my situation! Makes me feel a little better. :)

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