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  • What happens if my horse gets sick at a boarding facility?

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    06-06-2009, 10:00 PM

What do YOU look for when you're looking to board your horse at a stable? I know that I like the stable to be clean, through and through, and for there to be enough space for my tack and other supplies in the tack room (in other words, I don't like crowded places!) I like the stalls to be cleaned daily and for my horse to be turned into the pasture daily. I also like for there to be an indoor arena available, because where I am, it hits 40 degrees in October! Brr!
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    06-06-2009, 11:16 PM
Try -40...I definitely need an indoor during the winter lol.

Also, I like there to be nearby trails. Mostly I look for a clean, safe barn with good people. I like the owners to be riders themselves and live on the property. I have had bad experiences with people who "used to ride but just board now" or whatever.
    06-07-2009, 04:51 PM
Wow, that's cold! Ha ha,and you make some good points there.
    06-07-2009, 05:01 PM
How much grass is there in the pasture?

How big is the pasture?

Barbed-wire fences anywhere?

Check and see if a whole group of people left all at once (souds weird, but don't ever board their if they did)

How much hay do they have? (sorry, I was at a REALLY BAD barn before where there was not food for the horses, so I'm a little paranoid)

Check that the grain is stored behind locked doors so that if a horse gets loose, it doesn't get to the grain and colic.

Ask what happens if a horse has a contagious disease, where does it go?

How often are the water buckets scrubbed?


Are the people reliable and nice?
    06-07-2009, 05:09 PM
Thought of a few more . . .

Security? Are people around 24/7 in some barns, no one is, but it's a good thing to have

Health requirements? Coggins, flu/rhino, and equine encephalomyelitis are required, the more vacinations required, the less likely your horse is to get sick. They should also have you prove your horse has had regular dewormings.

Worming sceduale?

Good footing in arenas?

If you live in a climate where the water in the water buckets will freeze, do they have water heaters?

    06-07-2009, 05:38 PM
Green Broke
The best thing you can do is talk to the other boarders. They will give you the inside scoop on how the facility is ran.

Other than that, look at the hay for quality, look at the turn out pastures, the stalls. Ask what is included in boarding. Does it include hay and grain? Do they charge to blanket your horse or take it to the turn out pasture or to hold the horse for the farrier or vet?

Do they allow you to bring your own trainer to the barn? What are the barn hours?

How do they handle vet emergencies? How do they handle injuries/illnesses? Do they turn horses out together or separately?

Do they have limits on riding style (some barns don't allow jumping because of the extra insurance it takes).
    06-26-2009, 04:01 PM
I would also look at the condition of the horses who are boarded there. If you see a few skinny ones ask how long they've been there for and if they've been there awhile you know not to go to that barn. Make sure they feed good quality feed.

I walked into a barn once where we were trying a horse and the aisles were filled with those round hay bales that should only be fed to cows! The barn stunk like crazy and the horses were all super skinny! It was a huge shock because I've never seen anything like that. The sad thing was that it could have been a really nice place if only they would have put a little effort into it.
    06-26-2009, 04:08 PM
I tend to pay attention to amount fed, times/frequency of feedings, facility conditions (cleanliness, safety), and how other horses look.

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