Originally Posted by DuckDodgers
I've never thought of full service meaning horse tacked up and waiting. I don't know of a barn in the area that provides that service though, so that may be why...
My instructors grooms are kind of like that... If you go for a lesson between 7-10am or 5-7pm approx (that's the hours the grooms are there) they will come over and start grooming, hoof picking or tacking up your horse. If you shoo them away they kinda of stand there and look at you waiting for you to need help... Lovely ladies,
I know plenty of girls who go there who have the grooms unload from the float, groom, tack, lead to the arena... The whole nine yards. Then jump off, the grooms will move right in to cool down, bath, untack, groom and reload the horses. (Everyone trucks in for lessons, she doesn't board to anyone unless your horse is in full training, ridden every day by her or you are one of her grooms.)
I'd actually enjoy boarding where that was all done for me. I know I am breaking every code in the horse owners manual by saying this but I don't really enjoy tacking up or strapping down. I much prefer riding and carrot feeding (My new hobby, carrot feeding is. I love the look on my ponies face when I pull out some carrots.)