Horses and Holidays

How do your horses impact your Thanksgiving holiday plans?

I stay close to home so I can feed and care for my critters
I hire a horse sitter to feed and clean while I'm gone
My neighbor takes care of my horses when I'm traveling
My horses are boarded, so I'm free to come or go as I please

Total votes cast: 1265

Comments & Write-in Answers

I'm thrilled to be home in the barn over the holidayl

11/26/2012 9:30:19 PM

my husband stays with one, and the other 2 go to a 4 day show over thanksgiving

11/26/2012 9:16:16 PM

Best way to celebrate is with my best friends!

11/26/2012 7:18:07 PM

For the most part I stay close to home because my horses are on my property.

11/26/2012 6:47:27 PM

I still stayed close to home to have an extra chance to see my horses. It was a great holiday!

11/26/2012 6:41:36 PM

a friend took care of our horses and cats

11/26/2012 6:28:57 PM

We care for our horse on holidays by giving him turn-out and grooming.

11/26/2012 6:14:14 PM

My horse is currently on some medication, so I have to be a bit picky about who the horse-sitter is.

11/26/2012 4:57:28 PM

It's always a pain in the rear

11/26/2012 2:53:38 PM

I haven't been off the farm overnight in over 10 years except to take a horse to Cornell (5 hrs away

11/26/2012 12:49:21 PM

black friday trailride sure beats shopping!

11/26/2012 10:17:47 AM

They are my relatives!

11/26/2012 9:23:55 AM

I have experianced friends close by, we plan and take turns with horse care.

11/25/2012 9:40:34 PM

I care for my 11 horses myself, don't trust others to with their care

11/25/2012 9:25:01 PM

I board at my instructior's place.

11/25/2012 8:48:14 PM

We take in horses-in-training - our 30+ year reputation is 24/7 care. So vacations are infrequent.

11/25/2012 4:51:58 PM

We also have cattle, cats & dog to care for.

11/25/2012 4:38:20 PM

Hired house sitter for horses, dogs, cats, and cows too!

11/25/2012 3:10:25 PM

I make my son do it and we never travel at the same time.

11/25/2012 12:52:35 PM

Would rather have him in my yeard, looking in the window...

11/24/2012 6:44:23 PM

Small sacrifice to make for my equine "therapists".

11/24/2012 12:57:08 PM

My critters dont control my life, they "make" my life special. I dont want to be gone from them.

11/24/2012 2:05:33 AM

Not planning on traveling at all, my family lives close by

11/23/2012 9:34:15 PM

We stay close to home but feed a little extra just in case we get home late

11/23/2012 7:34:27 PM

and a neighbor takes care of my pet horses at home

11/23/2012 6:42:26 PM

I board horses so I never get away for holidays and have only had 2 vacations in 17 years

11/23/2012 5:08:36 PM

Our 8 equines are set up to care for themselves.

11/23/2012 3:46:25 PM

Our horses, owned and boarded get 1st priority.. Dinner is celebrated AFTER feeding.

11/23/2012 12:57:57 PM

But for Xmas my neighbor will care for my horse:-)

11/23/2012 12:33:37 PM

Equines first, they are what I'm truly 'thankful' for!

11/23/2012 1:36:37 AM

Thanksgiving is allways at my house.

11/22/2012 10:55:02 PM

I don't travel anyway. And I wouldn't trust anyone else w/my horses' care!

11/22/2012 9:07:38 PM

Just got a new pony so I want to be here for her and my other horse to adjust.

11/22/2012 8:21:32 PM

Horse rescue, currently have 17 horses. Found homes for 15 in past month.

11/22/2012 7:28:50 PM

My horses are part of my celebrating we go for a trail ride and let them enjoy a fun ride

11/22/2012 7:16:14 PM

I arrange for friends to check on my mare at the boarding facility, just to make sure she's okay.

11/22/2012 6:05:23 PM

also stayed home from my dog breed's National Show

11/22/2012 2:15:25 PM

My horses are right up there with God, my country, my family. It's not Thanksgiving without them!

11/22/2012 10:16:15 AM

But I'd be visiting her at the barn if I wasn't working 12 hours.

11/22/2012 9:06:00 AM

We have 8 head of horses, several dogs and a couple of cats and it costs us $20/day for the service.

11/22/2012 6:35:07 AM

Work at the barn on holidays

11/21/2012 11:46:08 PM

Having a competent and caring neighbor with horse knowledge is priceless!

11/21/2012 10:51:07 PM

I'm the one that feeds the horses so owners can be with their families without worry.

11/21/2012 8:50:03 PM

we also have foothill range for turnout with daily checking & feeding as needed

11/21/2012 8:13:32 PM

Horses at home, so Thanksgiving is always here, horses really like the extra carrots they get too !

11/21/2012 8:01:37 PM

I run a rescue, there is not much getting away!!

11/21/2012 7:17:55 PM

I tend to stay home but will hire my trainer to feed my horses if I leave over night.

11/21/2012 6:46:53 PM

My barn friend also keeps a close eye on my horse while I'm away!

11/21/2012 4:34:33 PM

I traditionally ride my horse with a friend on Thanksgiving!

11/21/2012 12:55:23 PM

I am lucky to have boarders who will look after the barn on the rare occasion I go out of town!

11/21/2012 12:41:27 PM

Holidays are almost the only time I have with my horses

11/21/2012 12:23:30 PM

I don't "do" vacations; my husband goes on his own & I stay home to take care of things!

11/21/2012 9:46:52 AM

But it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without stopping to give Jack apples and carrots!

11/21/2012 8:35:14 AM

no one takes care of our hores the way we do!!!!!!

11/21/2012 8:06:33 AM

I adjust PM feeding time to accomadate when family eats, or get a neighbor to feed for me

11/21/2012 7:57:25 AM

horses allow for very limited travel

11/21/2012 7:55:55 AM

I don't go anywhere anyway - family is all nearby.

11/21/2012 7:38:39 AM

But I still stay close, so I can get a short ride in.

11/21/2012 5:55:13 AM

some time a family member will house sit which entales feeding all the animals.

11/21/2012 2:45:49 AM

they are not a setback....they are my family and i am thankful for them, being with them means a lot

11/20/2012 9:46:26 PM

In a good way as I am very thankful to have him.

11/20/2012 8:43:23 PM

Since my horse has an injury seeing her on the holiday is a must!

11/20/2012 8:22:57 PM

I use my horses as an "excuse" not to go to relative's I don't really like :)

11/20/2012 8:18:58 PM

gotta love those critters! holidays give me more time at home to enjoy them

11/20/2012 8:10:08 PM

My guy is boarded and has the nicest grooms on earth--they get a pie to show my thanks!

11/20/2012 8:10:05 PM

They get treats, too!!

11/20/2012 7:07:01 PM

if its nice we ride

11/20/2012 7:01:26 PM

I can't afford to go anywhere anywas.

11/20/2012 6:21:19 PM

They are family & my responsibility. Feedings go on as usual, stalls may wait to be cleaned.

11/20/2012 6:08:56 PM

We don't travel on Holidays so we do our own feeding.. they usually get a little extra..

11/20/2012 5:46:35 PM

We eat dinner at night after all the chores are done.

11/20/2012 5:46:00 PM

Most places we go for T-day are close enough we are back by feeding time

11/20/2012 5:31:50 PM

My horses are family and part of our holiday plans.

11/20/2012 5:22:57 PM

My horses come first, once they are cared for I can enjoy family time.

11/20/2012 5:21:05 PM

But if THEY decide not to turn out or clean stalls, I'll step in

11/20/2012 5:18:14 PM

but I still like to see them everyday and tend to plan my day to include a trip to the barn.

11/20/2012 5:12:17 PM

It gives us an extended weekend to ride!

11/20/2012 5:03:02 PM

Thanksgiving weekend (4 days) are always spent trail riding !!

11/20/2012 4:55:26 PM

I always have Thanksgiving dinner at my house anyway so it never affects them.

11/20/2012 4:50:54 PM

I've no place 2go. I prepare a special meal 4my horses & eat my tv dinner w/them. Its nice.

11/20/2012 4:44:50 PM

Usally take a riding horse & driving pony camping at Fair Hill for the week-end!

11/20/2012 2:08:28 PM

We go trail riding and take them with!

11/20/2012 1:33:33 PM

Family all closeby, so we don't have to drive far.

11/20/2012 1:07:10 PM

My mother comes to visit, and the barn visit is a priority.

11/20/2012 12:39:19 PM

I send mine to a local boarding facility for the holiday season.

11/20/2012 11:38:17 AM

my horses are FIRST in my life..Everything else come after.

11/20/2012 11:23:57 AM

I board, but I still go out to my barn to ride/feed/spoil every holiday.

11/20/2012 10:47:18 AM

we go about 100miles and are home to care for them on schedule..

11/20/2012 9:05:49 AM

I don't go away in the holidays

11/20/2012 8:07:53 AM