Six month boarding to get best faclity for the season?
I do read every response to my questions, I just don't always type out responses to them if no one asked a pressing question, so I do thank you for your time!
I live in Wisconsin. I work part time doing morning chores at a facility and I board at another. I know how the horses are cared for by staff and owner at the one I work at . I will never find a better place. I could explain why, but its simple, everyone treats each horse it sees or comes in contact with as their own. Plain and simple. Any changes in them, even slight, are reported. We've caught so much so early its fairly impressive. Each horse is thought of every morning individually if it should or should not be turned out. We do extra things that not all barns will do and most at no additional cost.
The place I board is okay. It has pasture grazing in the summer after getting used to free grazing. The place I work doesn't have grass in the paddocks. However, I feel like the horses are taken care of better in our cold cold winters.
I don't fully own horse until December of this year, right now I make payments to buy him and lease payments while paying him off. The two facilities are two miles apart, one is 1.2 miles from home and one is 3.2 miles.
Would it be crazy to board six months at one, and six months at the other? I don't want to take his grazing away during the summer. And he is okay where he is for winter, but I think its even better at the other place.
I asked where I work if she would consider it, and yes, depending on stall situation of course. And I haven't asked where he is now, and I would of course prior to it, but I do believe it isn't a problem to get back in come late spring and keep a six month rotation between the two barns. Is that crazy? To get him the best care/conditions for the season? If it is, I'd keep him where he is so he has the grass in the summer, I truly think he'd prefer it and put up with wet spring paddocks and being turned out when its real cold. I can always go out there and take him back inside if I want to.
It got really really wet this year, its terrible. Affecting hay for sure. And of course no one knows for sure as I see horses that are stalled 100% and they get them, but I think he got an abscess this spring because of daily turnout without regard to footing, day after day. Which doesn't happen at the other barn. I'm aware he could get one never leaving the barn too, but I do think this one had to do with the wet conditions. And I feel bad if I could prevent such things by moving him twice a year.
I also think he came out of winter with too much weight loss. Not reportable or anything like that, but I think he would have kept more weight on had he been at the other place.
Last edited by BeckyFletcher; 07-05-2019 at 03:56 PM.