At this point in my life I have no property, but I have a horse. I can’t keep her at my house that I rent with a tiny yard. The landlords wouldn’t allow it. If I were in an apartment complex, it would be the same. So my only alternative is to board my horse.
That requires finding a place that takes in a horse, has the space, the time to feed, and a host of other things on the list that I’ll try to cover in this post.
I’ve been fortunate to have found good pastures for my horse when needed, and now the time has come to find a new home for my equine family member, again. The move I am making is looming faster then I’m ready for and it is tackling my brain.
I found one barn, but I’ve heard from three different people in the area that this owner is very arrogant. He’s good with horses, but can be intimidating. I’m an easy going person and at this stage in my life, I don’t feel up to dealing with a person like this so I will keep looking. You, as the horse owner have to be comfortable and feel safe at a horse facility as well. I would not be happy in a place like that.
The Ideal Place:
To me the ideal place would be my own piece of property. I could step out the back door and see my pasture, horse, barn, and be with my horse in a couple of minutes. If I were really lucky I could saddle up and head out on a trail and ride for miles. This place is still somewhere in my dreams.
If you don’t have this ideal place read on for some ideas to find a place as close to the ideal as possible.
Some Things to Look For:
When checking out a new possible boarding pasture, look at the other horses. Do they seem well fed, do they appear happy and unconcerned with their surroundings? Do they have room to move around? What about the hay, is it good for horses, clean and mold free? Is there plenty of clean water for them to drink and also salt blocks? If they are calm then more then likely your horse will be calm and contented too.
Be sure and ask about feeding and turnout schedules so you know your horse will have a chance to be out in a pasture and getting some exercise when you can’t be there.
Check the fencing, the barn, any corrals and such. Are there piles of garbage or broken railings? If you see a lot of that I’d find a different place. The barn and area needs to be safe for you as the horse owner as well.
Talk to people that keep their horses there and find out how they feel about it.
If you want to ride on trails make sure they are there.
Maybe you would like riding lessons or advanced training for your horse, be sure and ask about those possibilities before signing a contract.
Some barns include a farrier that comes regularly to trim hooves. Some have a vaccination program too.
Always ask a lot of questions. Knowing what the facility’s schedule is will be helpful so you will know that you can be with your horse when you want to be there.
One More Thing:
Something else too, always let your horse get used to the new surroundings before riding. Give him a chance to get used to the other horses and see the new people too. When he is relaxed with his new environment, then there will be plenty of time to go for a well deserved and enjoyable ride.
Now I know more about what to look for in a horse boarding situation. I hope you do also.
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