So I would like to move my gelding to pasture board--I want him out 24/7 anyway, and so it seems stupid to pay for a stall that I don't even want. I was justifying it to myself saying it would be great to have for injuries, but knock on wood he has never had an injury he can't be turned out with. We also have had more stalls built (and soon a whole new barn) so space is not necessarily an issue anymore.
However, I do have two problems. One of them is that he just does not get along with other horses. If they try to beat the crap out of him, he doesn't back down and he fights harder. If they kind of just leave him alone but don't get the heck out of the way when he walks by, he beats the crap out of them. There is one pony that he can be turned out with because the little guy runs for dear life from him, and my gelding finds that acceptable, but of course that's just mean for the pony. He doesn't keep him from grazing or anything serious like that, but the stress is obviously not something he should have to deal with.
The second problem is that if I were to go to pasture board, I would have to come out and feed him myself. Although I am more than willing to do this, my current job just doesn't allow it--there would be no way I'd get there before 8pm on an given weekday. There is another boarder who I believe comes out every evening--do you guys think it would be reasonable to ask her to drop his feed, if we can figure out the turn out situation? I would be more than willing to pay her of course, but if another boarder asked you, would you do it? I really don't want to leave, I love love love my trainer, love the property (the main reason I'm considering pasture board is the grass), and its close to my house but sadly not close to work.