Acadianartist, I followed your posts as you were horse hunting and found Harley, and I must say he sounds like the dream horse for not only a child's horse, but for you as well. He seems like a great all around boy.
I keep telling myself that the 20 minute drive will feel like less once I do it more often. Your current situation sounds absolutely ideal! Glad it's going well so far. I live within walking distance to the property I bought (the 6 acre plot that's currently solely a horse pasture), but it's a little bit of a long walk so I was thinking of getting a four wheeler so I could hop on throughout the day to check on them and do my feeds without having to drive there lol. I eventually want to build my house toward the front of the property and keep as much as pasture (will cross fence) as possible.
We've been designing the barn in such a way that throughout the day the horses have free reign and can go into their stalls using Dutch doors from the outside of each stall, and then at nighttime bring them in for night feed and stable them until morning and then rinse and repeat. I don't like the idea of not living on the property, but I'll try to get to know my immediate neighbors (it's a nicely populated, agricultural neighborhood, lots of horses) and ask if they ever notice anything if they could give me a call. It would only be temporary because regardless I'm either going to build a house on that property of will be moving on to something else that is also set up for horses.
I will be getting a second horse. :) the barn design is for a 3 stall setup so if I ever end up with a 3rd, which may happen in the long term, i can just get a 3rd stall front and have that. I would never keep Berry, or any horse of mine alone. I've been keeping my eye out for another horse (not ready for a second just yet, and while he's boarded that affords me time) just to keep current with what's out there. If I want another Arabian, I have the perfect person now to help me. :) I wouldn't mind a second Arabian, but I am open to exploring other options.
As for trailering, we've got a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi and tow package. I haven't pulled anything but a utility trailer yet myself. I agree, that's some great advice that I was planning to do (the getting to know how the entire rig handles with an empty horse trailer). The truck belongs to my father (I currently live with my parents so I have full access to it), but because it's a smaller truck (not the 2500+), I've been looking at solely aluminum 2 horse trailers with escape doors on both sides as well as preferably a slant load. I don't need a dressing room/tack room so that reduces weight. I'm also into cars and have a 1968 Pontiac Firebird I'm currently building (but admittedly lately has taken a proverbial back seat to my horse hobby). I got lucky my buddy has a rollback and has been helping me a lot with transporting it (we're doing the build but decided to opt out of the paint and body and am outsourcing that), but I'd like a larger truck for myself to be able to haul a car trailer as well; so I've personally kept a truck in mind. Had my eye on a nice lower mileage Duramax last month but I just didn't want to spend the money since it's an unnecessary expense right now.
The ladies at the barn are all so sweet. My trainer often goes trail riding with them, and two of us are new to boarding there, but I've been invited (of course whenever my horse is ready for that, will probably be a while) to go with whenever I'm ready (also was offered a spot in one of their trailers). I'm not in a huge hurry for a trailer because I'd like to get the right one and don't want to make a snap decision. I missed out on a really nice light weight trailer that had every item on my list checked, and was listed quite reasonably because I dragged my feet and it sold. Lessons learned, find a good one, make a move quick! haha.
Also, went to see Berry again today. I'm trying hard to make it out there every day, really hope work allows me to do that while it's day light so I can still see him every day. He did wonderfully. I've just been grooming him as he's been so dirty. I REALLY need that Banixx to get here. Monday... Monday.