Editor’s Note: Stable Advice is a place for our readers to offer their advice on some of those uniquely equestrian problems. These aren’t the questions that you’d normally ask your vet or trainer. These are questions about horse life, like dealing with interpersonal struggles at the barn, juggling horse commitments and “real world” obligations, and generally navigating the challenges of living in the 21st-century horse world. Think of this as a place to share advice with a group of your best equestrian friends.
This month’s question:
My family keeps our two horses on our 7-acre property. The horses have it great and we know they are loved and cared for. I enjoy the peace and privacy of having them here. Since we’re in charge of their care, we never have to worry about how they are treated.
The downside is that I spend so much time on chores that I don’t get to ride much. When I think I have a free moment, something always comes up, like fence repairs or dealing with hay suppliers on top of regular chores.
I am considering boarding to have more free time with my horse as well as access to amenities we don’t have at home, like a wash stall and an all-season riding ring. But I’m afraid I will miss our tranquil relationship and having full responsibility over my horses’ care.
Is boarding a good solution? Are there any other ways to make time to ride and enjoy my horses when there is so much work to do for them?
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