Trusting someone to look after your horses for a year
We are heading out of the country for a year, starting in June. The thing stressing me out the most is where to park my horse and my daughter's pony for a year.
So far we have had a couple of options on the pony:
1. The woman (vet tech) that feeds them when we are out of town loves the pony and has offered to keep him in her yard while we are gone. I have a couple of concerns with this - a) she has a cattle guard, b) he would be all on his own and he's quite a sociable little guy (she has chickens, pigs etc, but no equines), c) it's only about an acre.
2. A local woman with a couple of donkeys has said he could maybe go in with the donks, but, a) it's on a pretty main road, with a barbed wire fence, b) I don't think she really knows much about horses at all, just has a field and a couple of donkeys c) there doesn't seem to be any shade, and we are in TX
I have just contacted someone else with a good reputation who has a couple of small kids that might be interested. He would be a great fit there.
My old guy is even harder (for me!). He'll be 21 this year. He's really a great horse and a super ride. I've had him 16 years and only a handful of people other than me have ever ridden him. The 12 yo girl that comes and rides him 1-2 a week is very keen to have him and her Mum seems amenable but they really know nothing about looking after horses. The kid is a super rider and I think he would be a good teacher for her. I am hopeful that the folks that live next door to them, a vet and farrier couple, might let her board with them and that would hopefully deal with my concerns about his well being while still letting the girl have him for her mount. One other thing that did bother me a little was that they spoke about hauling him to her lessons so that she could lesson on him, but I have to think that they have never hauled and that just adds a whole new level of concern.
Not really looking for answers, just stressing.
(We are also hopeful that the people that rent the house will let our dog stay here with them!!)