WWYD – Move horses or keep them where they are?
I’m in a quandary and would like opinions. I have 3 horses. They’ve been at this particular boarding facility for about 2.5 years. All 3 are in good health and doing alright there. Considering some of the other threads I’ve read about boarding situations, I don’t think I have it very bad. But, I wish some things were different. Here’s the list of pros and cons. Please tell me, what would you do?
--Horses appear healthy and well fed
--1 of my horses is a special needs girl (propensity to colic and has choked a couple of times) – these are well monitored and taken care of well and quickly when they occur
--BO is very knowledgeable and can usually take care of almost anything without calling in a vet, but also knows when to call one
--BO makes own hay, so quality is never an issue
--BO doesn’t mind that 1 of my horses cribs
--Turn-out has gone downhill. Used to be 8-10 hours/day, now it’s 4 hours/day.
--2 of my 3 are getting very hot/anxious due to lack of turnout and cribber has gotten worse with cribbing because of it
--Facility is more of a retirement place, so no riding arenas or other amenities
--No riding instructor available to meet my goals (I’d like to show)
--Facility is 2 hours from where I currently live (I moved – used to be 40 minutes which was at least doable 2 or 3 times/week. Now I only go out once per week and it’s depressing not to see them more often)
--BO is very into natural meds, so no regular worming (I have to buy it/do it)
--BO does not regularly keep up with the joint supplement I buy the old guy, nor the digestive supplement I bought for special needs girl
So, I know there are more cons than pros above, but I worry that if I move them, I’ll get into a barn where the *essential* care (like when emergencies happen, or feeding/watering) is lacking. Right now, it is my own riding goals and mental stability (kind of j/k – but really, my horses are my relaxation time, and I’m not getting that) that are suffering. At least I know they are being monitored for general health, even though I’m upset with the change in turn-out and the supplement/worming thing.
I will be building my own house/barn this coming Summer. So, I have about 6 or 7 months until I can finally bring them home and care for them myself. But, in the meantime, what would you do? I’m struggling with this because *I miss them* so much and feel like I’m about to break without them closer to me. Plus, if something really bad were to happen, I’m SO far away – it would take me so long to get there. But, is that selfish? Should I just keep them there for the time being and move them with me when I build?
Looking for the wisdom of the many - thanks in advance.