The easiest thing you can do to flow in with that area … give up the horses and ski. That’s what I did for years.
Knowledgeable advice is being given! CO/WY are really nothing like other areas of the country where horsey people shower their equine darlings with “extras” such as massage, supplements and innovative healing techniques. Those things do go on, of course, but not in very many places. The best is the previously-mentioned Douglas County. North of Boulder has pockets of more pampered horsekeeping BUT very thinly scattered.
And … they have massage/chiro folks who do an excellent job for $40. Unless you can compete at that price, you could be in for slim pickings. Colorado Horse Park boarders (in Parker) may go for a more upscale massage product.
I’d suggest branching out from solely massage if you need consistent work and need to stay in that area. I don’t know what else you can do–perhaps pet/farm sitting is a good option, as someone else has suggested–but you’ll need to offer more. I’d think along the lines of what people need versus something that’s really a luxury item.
Also keep in mind that travel times and the distance you can reasonably travel could be faaaaaaaaaaar different in winter. As in, roads might be perhaps impassable. If it’s really important that your husband be able to BE THERE (wherever there is) year round, then where you can reasonably live gets very small and localized to wherever he is working.[/QUOTE]
Glenwood Springs/Eagle - especially Eagle - are notorious for difficult winters. The surrounding areas have some limited favorable winter travel routes along the Vail Valley, but otherwise you can forget commuting far or consistently in the winter along I-70. There is not much elevated riding & horses in that area, in spite of a lot of high-net-worth people living there. You are mentioning one of the finest skiing regions in the world … and what is that stuff on top of which we ski ??? That’s what it’s all about along I-70 west of the Continental Divide to Grand Junction.
Being from the south originally, I was gobsmacked to find that I-70 was often closed, at least overnight, in winter due to dangerous conditions. Closed? A major east-west interstate? The nearest other corridors being hundreds of miles away? At those altitudes the weather is unpredictable all year round. Glenwood Springs/Eagle are a long way from Denver or anything else, with the Eisenhower Tunnel in between, and any travel has to be planned around weather and traffic. There is very little of show horses and serious riding of any discipline in that area (a little reining).
Another discovery re CO/WY: There are almost no horse shows of any kind between end of September and May, other than the Nat’l Western Stock Show in January inside the coliseum. From October-April, if a show is snowed out the organizers are stuck with the cost. People don’t want to enter in advance because weather along their travel route could stop them from getting there. I found that to be true of in-state conventions and gatherings of all kinds - no one wanted to organize them in months that could fall victim to weather.
Now THAT there is a lot of in Colorado … Although once again, outside the Denver-Boulder area a lot of the ranch people have their horses turned out for winter and don’t blanket. But overall, there is much more blanketing than there is equine massage.