I have run into problems where I am currently keeping my horse, so we are moving to a stable. I have never boarded a horse, I've just kept my horse in a field. What are some questions that I should ask as a first time boarder? How to I clean a stall *correctly*(I've never had to do this so dont make me feel stupid.)? I dont even have a clue where to start other than I am paying for self-care. I know what that is, i just dont have a clue about anything else! lol. I need help, I dont want to be taken advantage of.
When you say self-care I'm assuming that you have to bring your own shavings, grain, and hay OR do they provide everything and you just have to come twice a day to feed? Or is it both?
There's a few different ways to clean stalls. I usually just pick out the manure, dig out the pee spot, rake in the shavings pushed next to the wall, make sure there isn't any manure that's hidden, etc. Also make sure there's plenty of shavings, and I mean plenty. That way if you're ever in a hurry and you can't pick the stall, it won't get dirty as quickly. Plus, it's more comfy for the horse.
I would ask...
When is the best time to for you to feed your horses breakfast and dinner?
Where should you keep your stuff? (shavings, feed, saddle, bridle, tack, etc)
Where's the manure pile?
If you're bringing your own hay then do you have your own paddock or turnout for your horse? Or is there a certain pasture you're allowed to turn him out in with other horses?