Keep your horse at a boarding stable
If you will board your horse at a commercial boarding stable, thoroughly check it out before you take your horse there. Perhaps you're already familiar with a place because you've leased a horse or taken lessons from there.
You need to trust the owners and hired help to take care of your horse as if he were their own.
Find out ALL the details.
- Monthly board cost and what it includes
- How often will your horse be fed?
- What times will he be fed? (important to know so you can schedule your riding times)
- What are the hours you're allowed to be there?
- Will they give your horse any supplements you provide like vitamins?
- How often and how long will he get turned out?
- If his pasture mates pick on him too much, can his turnout schedule be changed?
- Will anyone be able to ride him without your permission? (Yes, I've heard of this happening.)
- Will your tack be secure?
- Are you allowed to let a family member or friend ride your horse there?
- Is monthly board due in advance?
- What happens if you're late paying your board bill?
- Will there be someone to hold your horse for farrier visits or will you have to make arrangement to be there yourself?
- The same for routine vet visits like worming and vaccinations?
- Can you have your own teacher give you lessons or can you only use the resident trainer/teacher?
- Does this barn allow any style of riding or is it exclusively Western, Dressage, Hunter, etc.?
- If your horse doesn't like the horse in the stall next to him, can you switch stalls?
- How often will his stall be cleaned?
- Are you limited to a certain amount of bedding each month/week?
- How much is extra bedding?
Boarding stables can be fun if you're the social type because there are plenty of other horse owners to ride and visit with. You can also organize fun horse parties and dress up for Halloween!
Find a place you're comfortable with and is easy for you to get to. Now go ride!
Places to keep your horse