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    08-03-2009, 10:35 PM
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Horse sitters

For those that do not board away - who cares for your horse(s) when you are away? We faced this dilemma for the first time earlier this summer when we went away for three days to NC. Luckily, because the pasture was doing so well and it was a fairly short time away, I was able to get by with having our most immediate neighbor stop over twice a day to check on, water, etc for Aero (not to mention boarding the dog at the vet - along with two dumped kittens we ended up with the day before we were to leave and having yet ANOTHER person stop to feed/care for our four resident cats whom the neighbor could not care for due to allergies).
In September, though, we are going to be gone for 5-6 days - NC again, this time vacation rather than family stuff. Our new found best neighbor/feed supplier has agreed to come over and do all Aero related chores which is wonderful as he is a "horse person" and I feel more comfortable leaving her care to him - also, we use the same vet and farrier so I know if anything does happen he will know exactly who to call and they will be best able to do what needs done.
So, what does everyone else do when they have to leave their equine kids?
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    08-03-2009, 10:37 PM
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My parents live next door. They take care of them, or my brother. But we are all talking about taking a family cruise and I'm not sure what we'll do then. I'll probably have to pay someone....
    08-03-2009, 10:41 PM
Well I board my horse so that isn't really a problem, HOWEVER we do have a barn at our place and if we ever decided to bring a horse home... The lady who comes to our house to take care of our dog and cats (surprisingly much less expensive to have her stop in twice a day rather then board them) has horses of her own and offered to come and ride/take care of anything we have. I don't know if I would go as far as to let her ride but definitely round pen and feed and clean!
    08-03-2009, 10:42 PM
* As a side note, if you trust your horse a lot, you could find a horse crazy teenager and could say if you clean for these six days, I'll let you ride when I get back. I would only do that if you know them though..
    08-03-2009, 11:12 PM
Our mares don't let us take vacations without them

Seriously, we haven't had to yet, but we have a nearby trainer/instructor that does horse sitting, too.
    08-04-2009, 12:40 AM
My sister and I both have a horse at the same barn so when I am away she cares for my horse. I still worry about him though....I hate leaving him at all. My sister is good to him and takes good care of him...but nobody can do the job of momma
    08-04-2009, 01:58 AM
I honestly don't know what I would do, I have never went anywhere for more than a day because I had no one to feed/water for me. Now I think the guy I rent pasture from or one of his renters would probably do it but I would only ask if it were an emergency.
    08-04-2009, 06:11 AM
I have a great pet sitter who comes twice a day to take care of my horses and goats :)

The dogs are the hard part. I have 9, not easy to find lots of people willing to take in one or two lol! The cats are pretty self sufficient luckily. Extra water and food, check in on them now and then, good to go!
    08-04-2009, 12:40 PM
Well they are at my parent's house, so if are staying in town it isn't a problem. If my parent's are going out of town too we (they have dogs there) will get one of my horsie friends to stay at the house while were gone as they will take care of the dogs too. But we usually just stagger our vacations so neither of us have to worry about anything.

I horse sit for a couple of people too. Basically I will either stay at their house and take care of everything or stop by and take care of the horses 2-3 times a day depending on what the owner wants. I would talk to your area veterinarians and other horse people. They will know responsible people in the area who have experience taking care of horses and probably other animals too. Then you just have one person doing it all and don't have to worry about people getting confused about what everyone else is doing.
    08-04-2009, 01:06 PM
I hope and pray my trainer has space. Last vacation she didn't and I had to go with a new place. My horse went off his feed the whole time I was gone and only ate hay. It took him about a week to get back in to routine. He gets really nervous at new places (that aren't shows...which is weird...I guess because at shows Im there with him). It is a very nerve wracking process for me...but my husband and I agreed we would never give up vacations for the horses because that's what I did my whole life with my family and it really sucked.

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