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By the EIE Editorial Staff

Ensuring your horse's well-being while you're away on vacation requires careful planning and consideration. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process:

1. Find a Reliable Horse Sitter:
The most crucial aspect is securing a trustworthy and experienced horse sitter. Seek recommendations from fellow horse owners, barn staff, or local veterinarians. Consider individuals with a proven track record of caring for horses, preferably with experience handling your horse's specific needs and temperament. Some are listed on our Horse Sitting page but you may also want to get recommendations through other horse owners in your area.

2. Assess Your Horse's Needs:
Evaluate your horse's individual requirements, including feeding schedule, turnout preferences, exercise routine, and any special medications or supplements and places to reorder if you run out such as SmartPak, Purina, or Triple Crown. Provide detailed instructions and create a written care plan that clearly outlines your horse's daily routine and any specific considerations.

3. Schedule a Trial Visit:
Arrange for the horse sitter to visit your barn or home before your departure. This allows them to familiarize themselves with your horse, your facilities, and your care routine. It's an opportunity for you to observe their interaction with your horse and assess their competence.

4. Provide Emergency Contact Information:
Furnish the horse sitter with a list of emergency contact numbers, including your veterinarian, farrier, and a trusted friend or neighbor who can assist if needed. Ensure they have easy access to your horse's medical records and any relevant documentation.

5. Communicate Effectively:
Maintain open communication with your horse sitter throughout your absence. Regularly check in to get updates on your horse's well-being and address any concerns promptly. Provide a way for them to contact you easily in case of emergencies.

6. Prepare Your Home or Barn:
Ensure your home or barn is ready for your horse sitter's arrival. Stock up on hay, feed, and any necessary supplies. Clearly label medications, supplements, and grooming equipment. Make sure your horse's stall or pasture is clean and safe.

7. Consider Boarding Options:
If you're concerned about leaving your horse at home, consider boarding options. Reputable boarding facilities offer professional care and supervision, ensuring your horse's needs are met in a safe and controlled environment. Here are Boarding facilities including overnights. Make sure you are up to date on your health certificates and Coggins!

8. Plan for Return:
Before your return, coordinate with your horse sitter to ensure a smooth transition. Leave clear instructions for your horse's care upon your arrival. Schedule a time to meet with the horse sitter to receive a thorough update on your horse's condition.

Remember, your horse's well-being is paramount. By carefully planning and preparing, you can ensure your horse receives the proper care and attention while you're away, allowing you to enjoy your vacation with peace of mind.

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