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  • Going out of town leaving horses
  • Who to take care of horses when you need to go out of town for a weekend

 
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    02-03-2009, 02:53 PM
  #1
Foal
What do you do?

When you have to leave the state for a weekend or something and you have your horses at home what do you do with them?

We sometimes have times when we have to leave, especially during the holidays. We're military and live out of state away from family so we go visit on holidays. But now that we have the horses on our property I don't know what to do with them.

What do you guys do?
     
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    02-03-2009, 02:58 PM
  #2
Super Moderator
My parents live next door and take care of mine... you'll have to find yourself a teeniebopper or someone that you trust to feed them....
     
    02-03-2009, 03:02 PM
  #3
Yearling
There is people who are willing to horse sit for you.. If you would trust a stranger to come and take care of your horses..I personally never go anywhere..I work from home and all my family is local so I don't honestly know.. But I always see ads for horse sitters :) Hope that helps.
     
    02-03-2009, 03:29 PM
  #4
Super Moderator
...look at a local tack shop maybe... see if there is a listing? OR you could go to a local barn and see if they could reccomend one of their teens w/ driving skills to take care of them....
     
    02-03-2009, 04:13 PM
  #5
Foal
Yeah I'll have to search around. It sucks moving to a place that I don't know ANYONE! That's one thing I hate about the military and always having to move. If I lived near family or knew people it would be a completely different story :( I don't trust strangers really.....I don't even trust people to watch my cats and dogs, I bring them all with me (all 6 cats and 2 dogs) when I go home to visit! I have Max boarded at a ladies house up in VA right now and I'm still in NC and I'm going crazy because I'm not there to watch over him :( He's been neglected in the past so I feel so horrible for him, I know he's probably so confused!

I don't think we'll be going home this year at all just so we can settle in and get know the area and some people.
     
    02-03-2009, 07:28 PM
  #6
Green Broke
On the very rare occasions that we would be gone for a weekend, one of my horse friends in the area will take care of my horses. We do this for each other though none of us go very often unless it's a weekend with the horses camping.

If I needed a longer time for care, I think I would board them from the farm I bought them from.
     
    02-04-2009, 12:40 AM
  #7
Started
I have a really good petsitter (who is really experienced with horses, owns her own) to come when I"m gone (which isn't often, but there have been some occasions)
     
    02-04-2009, 04:08 AM
  #8
Weanling
When its just for a few days we put round bales out and all the cattle and horses have auto waterers. If its for a week or longer we have freinds that stop in and keep an eye on things. With round bales we can make it 8 days till they need more
     
    02-04-2009, 08:40 AM
  #9
Super Moderator
Once you get here and start meeting people and you'll probably be ok. Especially the areas that you are looking at moving to. It is really stressful, I know how you feel. To go from seeing your horse every day to nto seeing him....
     
    02-05-2009, 08:05 AM
  #10
Foal
When we leave, we have a family member that stays at the farm to take care of the dogs/etc., but she's scared to death of horses, so when we were going out of state I asked my farrier if he reccommended anyone; he introduced us to his sister who came out to feed for us and check on the boys. I pre-measured everybody's feed and supplements and put them in marked ziploc bags, and made sure to have a laminated paper posted with all our contact numbers and the vets numbers, and let the vet know that we would be out of town and that it would be okay to make an emergency farm call on her authority. Everything went very smoothly and if I remember right, I gave her about $20 a day for the service.
     

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