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    07-24-2010, 03:46 PM
  #1
Foal
Questions I should ask to my new stables?

Hey all,

I have always kept my horses on my property, but now having moved I have for the first time had to board. I had them at a "friends" place, but have had problems with the level of care they were receiving, and have decided to move them. I am super excited for the new place due to the facilities they can offer me, how ever what kind of questions should I ask???? What kind of papers should be signed? I just want to cover my bases due to the mess I got into at the last boarders.

Thanks
     
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    07-24-2010, 04:08 PM
  #2
Yearling
Ask any questions you think seem fit. For example, what comes with board? How do you determine which horses get turned out together? How often are the horses fed? How do you handle boarder disputes? Do you allow outside trainers to be brought in?
These are just random questions that you might think about asking. You can be expected to sign a liability waiver, possibly a boarding contract depending on where you are moving.
     
    07-24-2010, 04:13 PM
  #3
Banned
^^some great questions there too...ill just add on!

Are your farrier/vet allowed...if not who do they use. Im in a crappy situation because of this rule now. We have a crappy vet and a crappy farrier but they don't allow outside vets/farriers/trainers.

What kind of feed to they use? What is the charge for addition grain? What if you want your own special feed?

Whats the bedding like? Straw/sawdust/nothing? Stall mats?

Hay? How much, how many times a day and whats the quality.

Finding a good boarding barn can be so difficult. Boarding is soo expensive but when you add up the costs, boarding barns arent exactly raking it in. You do usually get what you pay for. Good luck!
     
    07-24-2010, 04:18 PM
  #4
Foal
I am field boarding, and the two of them will be sharing a half acre or so with a run-in shelter. They get free choice (free feed). I don't work with trainers, so that's not a concern of mine. Thanks there were a couple questions I will ask her.
     
    07-24-2010, 04:24 PM
  #5
Foal
The Riding Arena - Whitehorse, Yukon this is where they will be moving to. I guess boarding way up here is very different then others place. They don't feed grain, just free choice hay, I will be there everyday, its a 15min drive from my house. Whats usually included in boarding fees?
     
    07-25-2010, 01:53 PM
  #6
Foal
I'm glad you asked this, as I am in a very similar situation. My husband warned me about boarding at a friend's place. =/ I can say he was right. In order to keep the friendship, I'm moving my mare, and I am actually excited as there are many more resources at the new place. I am hoping I will work off some of the board. Will you also work off some of the board, since you will be there everyday?
     
    07-25-2010, 02:49 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Islandrea    
I'm glad you asked this, as I am in a very similar situation. My husband warned me about boarding at a friend's place. =/ I can say he was right. In order to keep the friendship, I'm moving my mare, and I am actually excited as there are many more resources at the new place. I am hoping I will work off some of the board. Will you also work off some of the board, since you will be there everyday?
I was working off board at my friends place, as I own a cleaning company and was cleaning her place. But I keep finding every time I trade like that, I always get ripped off. Yes I probably could work off some off the costs, however I would rather spent the time I have with my horses. I am a very busy person, and my day does not offer me a extra lot of time during the week.

Thanks for all your advice guys
     
    07-25-2010, 03:19 PM
  #8
Foal
A noble trade I think. =)
     

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