When we had horses many years ago, we'd have a neighbor keep an eye on them. They were on excellent pasture and had a lovely, clear spring fed pond for water and were fine on their own. Never had an issue.
We got horses again a couple of years ago. Last year, hubby and I were going to go to a family reunion, my mare was due to foal shortly after we got back. At the last minute, daughter and her family decided they would tag along. We were going to be gone for two weeks. Paid a horsey neighbor $100 to feed and water our horses, chickens and goats. The neighbor could also have all the eggs the chickens laid.
We came back to find that the neighbor had taken the $100 and run off to Texas to be with her jailed hubby (he was already in jail when we left - guess she just couldn't be separated from him for another minute!). She left her elderly mother to care for her five kids, her own horses as well as ours.
Thing is, her mother was terrified of horses. Our horses were in our sacrifice lot because we were refencing our pasture. There was plenty of hay and feed for the horses in the carport - it would only take a few minutes to throw hay for them. The neighbor's son had been over to our place plenty of times and helped us feed, so he knew where everything was (so did the neighbor). With the neighbor gone, the elderly mother came over to our place and fed the chickens and the goats. She did water all the animals, but was too afraid to get near the fence to throw hay, let alone their "hard feed."
Do you have any idea how much weight horses can lose in two weeks with nothing to eat? Especially a heavily pregnant mare?
This year, we were supposed to go to the family reunion again. Hubby decided we'd best just stay home - he was afraid that the horses wouldn't get fed again. I didn't mind staying home, though. It was probably the best vacation I've had in years - all we did was go down to our overgrown pasture and cut trees and brush. It was much more relaxing - especially since we didn't have to worry about the horses!
Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!