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post #1 of 9 Old 03-21-2013, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Going away on vacation... :(

So in 2 weeks I am going away to Colorado for a week....I know it doesn't sound like long, but in the past 7 months I have been riding my horse, she and I haven't spent more than a day apart, and she is worked out nearly every day usually with 2 or 3 days off at somepoint during the week. I'm going to miss her a lot, and everyone is sure she will miss me because she is super attached. How can I make it easier on her...and me? And should I put someone in place to ride her while I'm gone or would it be best to just let her have that whole week off?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-21-2013, 09:50 AM
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The horse will be fine without you. Probably won't notice. Enjoy your vacation. Be *appreciative you get one.

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post #3 of 9 Old 03-21-2013, 10:28 AM
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I'd just let her have the week off. Unless you think she'll really go bonkers (is she turned out or stalled? Stalled=needs to get out, pasture=let her have the week off) I'd let her have a vacation too! :)

She might miss you - that'll be your reward for coming home! Having a snuggly pony is the best. :)
I'm sure she'll be fine. I've never really left my mare either and I know I would have a hard time leaving her for a full week too. However, I would make myself feel better by making doubley-sure her "horsesitter" knew what they were doing, had everything they could possibly need if things went wrong and everything they could possibly need if things went right, then I would ENJOY my vacation.
I know that the time I did leave Lacey for a weekend, it was a huge relief to have her "babysitter" text me a picture of her and write me a little message about something cute Lacey did that day. A picture a day for a week might be a lot, but maybe you could have someone who's looking after your mare text you a little update everyday or every other day?

And above all, enjoy your vacation! I wish I could have one!

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post #4 of 9 Old 03-21-2013, 11:59 AM
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I always missed my horses terribly when I went on vacation. They were at home & my husband & neighbors took good care of them.
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-21-2013, 03:00 PM
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I have this same problem with all of my animals, I know the animals will be fine but its more of I start to miss all of them.
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-21-2013, 03:35 PM
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She will be fine, as long as she can get out and stretch her legs. Like a paddock or a field. But I'm sure she will like a small vacation too!

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post #7 of 9 Old 03-21-2013, 03:38 PM
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My horses have seen me a total of 6 days in the last 3 years.

Just go enjoy Colorado. Its a very beautiful place! And I'm sure your horse will appreciate a week off.

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I have to leave my horse fro 6 weeks. I'm going for a short school thing in california. I'm going to miss her so much. If I were staying any longer I would take her with me. My friend offerd to take her to their place and rider her but I think she'll be happier staying at home.:(
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-22-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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My good friend who is also a rider will be looking after her and giving her a good brushing every other day. She'll ride her a little bit also. It makes me comfortable cause my friend knows horses, we show together, and her horse is stalled right next to Allie. Allie is a VERY hyper horse. Not being ridden even for 2 days she normally is at the point where she's ready to buck me. But thanks guys. The texting a picture of her, and texting me updates is a really good idea. I'm going to miss her so much !

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