It was a little chilly this morning so I wasn't sure how AJ would be, but he was a pretty good boy. The trails were wide and clean and we only ran across a couple obstacles, one of them being a little creek. M's mare didn't want to cross, so she had to get off and walk her through the water. I was determined NOT to walk through the water, but I did get off and walk AJ to the water so he'd at least see that it wasn't as scary as he thought. Then I hopped back on and he reluctantly walked through the water. Good boy!
|(This is SO not a good picture of him... but I had to post it!)|
The BO also mentioned there has been no real interest in his farm. He's had it for sale since June and there have been no offers up to this point. I think he can only drop the price so much, so his options are limited. He said he's thinking about leasing the house and running the farm only as a business, not being directly involved, and making his home somewhere else. He said he's tired of coming out to the barn before work, working a 12 hour day and then having to come back out to feed again later. (Gee, I never would have guessed!) So that would mean turning the place into a co-op.
If that happened, I think I would stay put. It would depend on the price and what type of management was being done by the co-op participants, but we'd be responsible for our own horses and I wouldn't have to depend on him to do things he no longer has an interest in doing. M and I could share responsibilities and I think it would work out quite well.
I'm thinking about typing up an email to see if I can do the co-op thing now, or see how much he wants for self care stall board. Lilly will be on stall rest for quite a few more months at least, so if I could take care of her myself and buy grain and hay on my own, I think I could save some money. With AJ I think I'd be ok with the BO still doing 'full care' since he's with another boarder's horse. That way they both get fed at the same time until (if) we go to co-op.
The BO really is the problem, so if he was out of the picture, I think it could be heaven there!