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?