But first, I ordered a new book for Lilly and should be getting it in the mail tomorrow:
Equine Fitness: A Program of Exercises and Routines for Your Horse
Assuming the book is what I think it is, I'm really looking forward to having a reference I can use to set up a routine for Lilly. That way I can get her back into shape without worrying about doing too little or too much.
Regarding AJ, I think I've made a decision. I think I made the decision a few days ago but I don't want to say it out loud because then it becomes real. As much as I'm going to miss him, I think the best decision for everyone involved is to send him up to Michigan to live with my parents and Justus. That way I can make sure he's happy and taken care of to my exact specifications without the hassles of asking the people who are boarding him. If I want him to have more food, he gets more food without a 2 lb limit or any other crazy stipulations that come with boarding. He'll enjoy being with Justus and having a routine that never changes, and Justus will finally have a buddy to keep him company.
I'd like to get him up there before spring grasses start popping up, so I'm looking to move him around the first of March. Even though he's going to Michigan, it's been pretty cold down here too and if he needs it, he can wear his heavier blanket until things warm up.
I think I'm going to have him professionally hauled since the trip from here to there is about 12 hours on a good day without a trailer. I'm not sure I'd want to haul him straight through and I have no idea where I'd layover for the night. So for about $500 I can have him hauled in an air ride trailer with quite a bit more room than my gooseneck has for him, and he can travel with other horses rather than being alone.
I've got a few companies in mind, TDS Transport, SVS Horse Transport, and M & N Horse Transportation, but if anyone has used a good shipper before and you want to recommend them, I'd appreciate the info.