I am trying to decide whether to board Hondo or keep him at home where he is at now. Here's the deal. My Cousin 13 yrs old. Has been taking lessons at this place and now she wants a horse of her own. The place she takes lessons is owned by a freind of her fathers. He has offered to allow her to board a horse of her choice there for 200 dollars/ month feed included. So she wants to ride western and do some of the play day events in the area. Here is where I come in. I too want to take lessons for barrels and reining and do play day events. Having Hondo at home is not very practical for practice 1. I don't have a large secure area to ride. 2. I know no one around me with horses who rides or could ride with me or teach me.
Also, to be honest I feel I have lost confidence to ride Hondo around ditches or on ditch banks and that is the majority of riding I used to do out here. Apart from that there is currently a vacant sandy field in front of my house that is plenty large, but looks like the owners will plant it again soon and there goes that.
So. My uncle and I talked and we would go halfers on the boarding price plus each of us would be responsible for any vet bills resulting from injury during our ride- according to who was riding at the ti eof the injury. Then we would go halfers on regular maintanence and incidents/ accidents that might happen during non riding time.
Hondo has background doing the events that she and I are intrested in. Mind you I haven't done these with him other than trotting around a very small barrel pattern in my yard and doing very basiC reining moves again in the back yard. But I think he would be able to do well either way. Plus we will have a trainer to help guide us.
I like the idea of boarding because I won't have to make time for cleaing his pen- that is also included. I won't have to hunt for hay- that is the owners job. I will have people around me who know what they are doing and may be able to lend a hand should I need it. And when I go out on trails- this place is nears some great desert trails, I might be able to find someone to go out with me and help me get my confidence back.
So heres the problem. My husband is totally against it. He is not a horse person, doesn't ride and doesn't help with Hondo's care other than helping unload bales. But he talked to a co worker of his who rides and he says that she said that 1. No one will take care of Hondo the way I will. 2. He will not learn anything from riding is circles and niether will I. And 3. I need to put on my "big girl panties" :) and go back to riding on the ditch banks to get my confidence back . 4. Horses get sick in boarding places
So I need some opinions from you. What experience do you have switching from an " at home " situation to a boarding one. Please weigh any pros or cons you can think of. Input please.
Oh yeah, I wanted to add that Hondo is 19 and I don't think he is ready to retire to a yard ornament. He is healthy and sound and has a good mind. I think he wants to work. Plus he is well behaved enough but challenging enough to wereh he would be good for my cousin to conitnue learning on.
Also 100dollars/ month is what I pay now more or less depending on the season for feed keeping him at home. So I think the monetary incentive do this is good too. I dunno, or maybe I do. Uh, Im so confused.