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    08-18-2010, 01:01 PM
Question What should you know before moving?

Hey everyone! I am a " new " horse owner, i've had my horse for 6 months, and so far I have been able to take the back seat in all stabling matters, and my trainer did that majority of arranging & talking about my horse's board. I'm still learning about horse, and i'm not completely seasoned in the realm of what to say to a new stable owner.

We went to see a new stables a day or two ago, and I was confronted with the fact that I had no idea what was good, bad, ordinary for a stables, what I should be concerned about, what questions I should be asking, and what questions I should know the answer to.

I know the basic questions, " how much is board" " what are the pens like" "how often is the arena avaliable" "how often do you feed" " how much do you feed" " do you do blanketing"

so, heres my question, what is the basic information I should know about my horse before moving stables ( I.e questions the barn owner might ask me) and what questions I should be asking the owner?
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    08-25-2010, 10:33 PM
The barn owner is usually only concerned that your horse has a current negative coggins, and is up to date on shots and wormings. There are some places that want to know if your horse has vices and won't take horses that crib or kick.

For the contract- you'll just need to know basics: age, sex, breed, color, etc. For barns that include insurance you'll need to know the value of your horse.

You'll want to be clear with the owner how they run things. Do they charge extra if your horse eats a lot of grain/hay or uses more shavings? Is there a surcharge for hay in the winter? Know whether or not boarders are expected to help with upkeep of the barn (ex. Painting, fixing fences etc.)

Hint- Ask other boarders if they are happy with the place. Ask other local people what the barn's reputation is. Go to the barn several different times unexpected. Choose that barn you move into based on what it looks like now... many owners may say they are planning on making additions (ex. Adding a dressage areana, getting more jumps, building wash stalls...) but chances ar it won't happen.

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