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Horses and Holidays

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How do your horses impact your Thanksgiving holiday plans?

I stay close to home so I can feed and care for my critters
72%
909
I hire a horse sitter to feed and clean while I'm gone
6%
70
My neighbor takes care of my horses when I'm traveling
5%
64
My horses are boarded, so I'm free to come or go as I please
18%
222

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