I recently took a job in AZ (Kingman) and will be shipping my horse out the first week in July. I’m not thrilled about shipping to the SW in July but it can’t be helped. He’s going to be shipped commercially in a box stall with Bob Hubbard.
I lived in Phoenix for a few years so I’m familiar with the challenges. However, I’m concerned about the transition, especially regarding his health and feet. He’s an OTTB who looses weight easily (but he always has an appetite) and the hay availability with the subsequent feeding frequency and most barns has me a little worried.
I found the best barn in town (ie safest) but I’m still worried about the general ground condition (HARD!) and keeping him sound for turn out and being in a “pen” and not bedded stall like I’m used to. He’s in front shoes now but he has thin soles and walls and I want to make the transition as easy as possible on him.
Any suggestions or words of wisdom from this worried horse mom?