As I venture through the tail end of my junior year of high school, I've been forced to begin contemplating the next step in my education, and while that is utterly terrifying to me, ignoring it becomes an increasingly terrible idea. ;) Long story short, my sister attends a college in Southern Illinois (very close to Missouri), and after a lot of thought and a visit, I've decided that I really like it!
One of the things I have to speculate is whether or not Mudpie will be coming with me, and for this moment we're going to be positive and say that he likely will be. As someone who has lived in central California for the entirety of my life, I have almost no insight as to what it's really like there. I've spent two weeks out of a couple years in Missouri, but I'm pretty clueless, so my question is this: What is it like for a horse owner in Illinois or Missouri? What are some of the challenges, benefits, etc. of life with a horse there? Are there any diseases that you have to keep an eye on/vaccinate for that's different from California? Does the weather present any challenges? Is it more expensive?
I've done a little bit of looking into places to board the fuzzy brown squoosh, but as I stated before, this is all very speculative. But let's pretend that it will work. :) What advice would you have for someone moving a horse from central California to southern Illinois?