Sorry in advance for the length. This has it's own thread but texasgal suggested I post it here too.
So I just interviewed with a company in Dallas TX yesterday. I'm really excited about the opportunity, but there is one drawback: I have NO idea what to do with my horse if I get the job.
The obvious answer is to just take her with me, but there are a couple obstacles.
1. Transportation - I don't own a truck and trailer, and I'm not sure if I can convince my friends who do to make the 12+ hour trip to Dallas from Tennessee even if I offer to pay them. That leaves hiring a professional hauler, but having never used one before I would be nervous about it. I have no idea what the typical rates are and they would have to come highly recommended by several people before I would entrust my horse to them for such a long trip.
2. Boarding - Finding an apartment for myself and a barn for Dublin close enough together that I don't have to use a full tank of gas every time I go to ride is going to be something of a challenge if the research I've done online is any indication. I would need to find a place that is 350 a month or less for board, and I imagine this also limits my selection. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
So I guess it's just the two, but still enough to have me wondering how on earth I'm going to get it done!
My dad thinks I should just sell her and get another horse once I'm settled down there, but that's completely out of the question.
I suppose I could consider leasing her for a while until I get it together enough to send her down there, but even that would make me nervous, being too far away to check on her regularly.
Maybe it's a little soon to be freaking out though. I haven't actually been offered the job yet. I may not even get it, and then I won't have to worry about any of this. Still, I guess it never hurts to be prepared right? If any of you guys have been through a big move with a horse your suggestions and insights will be greatly appreciated. And any of you are familiar with the Dallas/Fortworth area that can give me some idea of places to look and/or stay away from that would be swell too. Sorry for rambling!