My fiance is joining the Coast Guard after we get married in October. I am planning on bringing my 7 year old QH mare with us when he gets stationed. I believe we will have plenty of time to find a barn each time we move, and she can always be housed at my parents if plans do not work out.
Is anyone else doing this with their horses? Any advice you would like to pass along that I may not be thinking of? I don't see this as being a problem.
I was a Coastie for 24 years :). Best thing to do is get a listing of the barns in the area, if there isn't a base nearby that has boarding. If you want to transport your horse as you move, then my suggestion would be to go to the area ahead of time to check locations. Obviously you could always move once you get there but I found it was less stressful to have the barn chosen.
If you have your own trailer you are pretty much good to go but another recommendation is that if you get a cross country run, hire a professional hauler. It is less stressful on the horse in the long run to ride in a cushy van than to be hauled 3000 miles in a 2 or 4 horse trailer.
When your husband gets his sponsor, if you haven't gotten a list online of barns in the area, have the sponser get the information. I still have a contact in Virginia and I am in Maryland so could help there.
Thank you! That is a lot of what I have been thinking about. I do have a truck and trailer but definitely would hire someone if it was a long distance for my mental health as well as hers.
I will definitely take your advice and go pick out the barn beforehand. I would hate to have to board my horse at an insecure location even for a night just because I was neglectful.
I imagine it will be easy enough to find barn listings with the use of forums and online databases. But if need be, I will definitely call up his sponsor. I bet the local feed stores know the good from the bad as well.
Thank you, I don't think this will be any time soon though. He is waiting to take his MEPS and apparently the wait for boot camp is a year and a half to two years.