Now that hubby is about to retire in a couple of years we thought it would be nice to travel a little and maybe visit some of you folks across the country !!! We love our little homestead but just might end of moving to a even less (if possible) populated area in the years to come but our problem now and even then will be our homestead animals. We realize we will always have the dogs in the kennel expense but what our real problem is our horses, goats, chickens when we go away from home now. A thought passed through me about actually having a "boarder" of types but that would take our privacy away and our house isn't "that" big nor do we have the land to put a trailer rental on it for this purpose. Our neighbor watches and cares for them when we visit the beach for a week sometimes in the fall. Plan it this way so the animals aren't kidding etc. But..it is increasingly harder for him to do this with his work schdule, farm and to find a teenager now a days that would rather do this than work and drive to McDonald's is not out there. Even 4-H teens by car driving time and they can do the work...they aren't interested when they can work longer hours somewhere else for more money. So...do we have to wait until our barn friends die (we'll be 100 by then !)...or give or sell them away. It would break my heart to sell our horses or even think of splitting them apart from each other. I know the quarter horse would be the hardest hit. Animals rights farms I'm sure are overwhelmed and our horses are older now and later to give to a charity horse farm and their health and age is catching up with them also. So...what can and do you do..No real family here to help us out either.. Help with ideas...???