A friend that used to board her horse where I board my two moved her horse to a much cheaper boarding stable that was closer to her home.
It got me thinking, "Why am I spending this much money on my horses, when obviously I could be saving money by moving them elsewhere and maybe not have to drive 45 minutes to see them."
Something happened recently that made me realize it's not just about money, but the care the horses receive.
An example -- during the recent wildfires just north of Houston, our barn had to be evacuated. The barn owner, along with some other boarders that have trailers, all got together and shuttled the horses out to a place that the BO had found that was made available to him. During this time, he kept in contact with us and let us know what was happening, where the horses would be going. It was a scary time and I don't have a trailer, or anything to tow one with, so this was a huge weight of my mind.
The pasture at the temporary place had some grass (not much admittedly, because of the drought), a pond and trees. Several round bales had been put out for the horses. My amazing barn owner, knowing that Annapolis doesn't have enough teeth to chew and swallow hay, went the extra mile to to over there twice a day for a week to bring Star and Annpolis in to a small pen area (which including schlepping across a 25 acre pasture to catch them) and feeding them separate from the rest of the horses. He also found a way to mix his OneAC in water and use a deworming syringe to squirt it into Annapolis' mouth to help him through the 103 degree days we were having.
Brody proved to us then that he is worth his weight in gold and put all thoughts of looking for a cheaper place out of my head!
I later heard that during that same time, the barn owner where my friend had moved her horse had evacuated his own horses and left his boarders to fend for themselves!