Travel: Leaving the horses at home

View of the horses from the truck as we leave for Australia

Owning horses is a lifestyle choice. Feeding, cleaning and caring for them is often considered by those around us (who don’t own horses) to look a lot like a full-time job. Or at least a very full part time job.

I admit, it is.

We choose it and we love it.

Which is why leaving the horses at home to travel is always difficult. They are not ‘just’ horses. Unlike asking someone to water the house plants, these guys have names. Likes. Dislikes. Quirks.

Leaving them behind is the hardest part of traveling. I know I have a great team of people caring for them. That isn’t the point. The point is that I LIKE being with them.

It is the lifestyle I choose.


  1. Carol Callahan on November 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I hate leaving them behind. We visit my family in Maryland pretty regularly, and it’s too far to ask them to go so often. But we have a fabulous farm sitter who loves them nearly as much as I do. It helps.

    • Stacy Westfall on November 15, 2018 at 5:09 am

      So true! Having great help at home does make a huge difference.

  2. Linda Jane Detrick on November 13, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Feel EXACTLY the same as you! I am connected to my ponies as much as my own flesh and blood. Wouldn’t have it any other way! Grateful to God for giving me such precious gifts! Thank you Stacy?

    • Stacy Westfall on November 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Your welcome! Everyone chooses lifestyle type things and all have pros and cons. I love the lifestyle I have chosen…sounds like you do too:)

  3. Betsi on November 13, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I totally understand! I am going to Africa in March for 5 weeks and the thing I fret most about is leaving my horses.

    • Stacy Westfall on November 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Africa! That should be exciting! The time difference has been the most interesting thing but email fixes that. I woke up at 2am wondering about the horses and everything, opened my email and found a message:)
      It made going back to sleep easier.

  4. Barb on November 13, 2018 at 7:52 am

    They’re family…..

    • Stacy Westfall on November 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Exactly…family members that don’t talk on the phone:)

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