Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Vacationing without my horse: Can I survive the guilt?

For the first time in almost a year and a half, my husband and I are planning a vacation that will keep me away from my horse for a significant length of time.

I suppose I'm more worried about it now than I was the last time, which was for less than a week around Thanksgiving of 2007. This time there is the potential for it to be snowy, and the barn owner where Panama is at can't catch him. What if it gets really cold and the owner can't blanket him? What if something happens?

I have asked a friend to check on Panama periodically and act as an emergency contact, and of course we'll have our phones on us while we're gone in case of emergency, but I'm still anxious about it.

Those of you who board your horses, do you worry about this too, even though you have someone to take care of your horse's basic needs? And if you have horse property — how do you manage if you go on vacation? Or do you go on vacation?

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At February 24, 2009 at 9:49 PM, Blogger Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I suppose it must be difficult when you board because you have to give up so much control and learn to go with the flow about things.

We have our horse at home and have yet to go for a vacation for over a year. But we are planning a camping trip in late May, so we are hunting for a livestock pet sitter we can trust, as well as our fellow horse owner neighbor to fill in where needed.

I'm going to be nervous just like you, though.

So where are you guys vacationing to? Is it a special occasion?

May is my husband and I's 19th wedding aniversary. We are hoping to drive up to Denver and do some touristy stuff.

~Lisa

 
At February 25, 2009 at 12:07 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I think I'd be more nervous if I DIDN'T board, actually. We have a friend who always house-sits for us, but we'd have to find a NEW house-sitter if we had Panama at home, because he is NOT a horse person.

That being said, I'm still worried about it, even though he's in a full care boarding situation. I just hate the thought of something happening when I'm not here to take care of it.

We're going to Europe, too, so it's not like we can just drive home early if something happens! It's sort of an early 2-year anniversary (our anniversary is technically in late April), but the main reason we decided to go is because the exchange rates are so good right now.

 

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