Originally Posted by fivecardstudpts
So after years of keeping my 'children' at home, I will soon be moving to a boarding facility. I'm not 100% sure of the moving date, as my house is up for sale. (I will be moving from Maine to an area out of state). I'm wondering about a few things... If I bring my horse down with my own truck and trailer, do barns allow you to park your trailers? I hear all these horror stories of things being stolen, should I keep my tack, and stuff at home and just bring everything if I go to ride? Or invest in a locking tack box?
Anything else I should really start to look for/at?
Also, I've begun my search for a new trailer, with a dressing room of course. Since this will be my longest drive with my horse, what are the best things to pack my trailer with. I would obviously be making stops along the way...
Do you already know what barn you will be boarding at? If so, give the barn owner/manager a call and ask these questions. Ask if there is trailer parking available, and if there is a fee to do so. Ask about the tack situation- some just have open tack rooms, some have lockers for everyone, and I've boarded at a barn where you had to buy a locker or bring your own box if you didn't want to leave your stuff open in the tack room. Whatever you decide to do, I would count on either bringing your stuff back and forth, locking it in a locker/tack box, or locking it in your trailer until you can figure out the situation. I also label everything, but that doesn't always stop the brush thieves. I once accidentally left my grooming box out for a couple of days, and I had a labelled brush and hoof pick go missing. Strangely enough, another similarly styled brush of much lesser quality and another hoof pick appeared in their place
Basically, I label everything and don't leave anything out when I'm away.