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    10-24-2012, 12:59 PM
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Foal
looking for boarding advice

Up until now I've been keeping my horse on my uncles property which is working out great except that its very poor grazing and requires extra hay (his gelding wastes half of a5x6 round bale no matter what we do) and is expensive for just our two horses. His new GF wants a horse and since I'm unwilling to sell my baby girl and my uncle refuses to have a third horse on the property I'm looking to move mine closer to home and board.

Which isn't a problem. I've been wanting her closer to home for ages now because the distance from here to my uncles is so much that I only get to see her once a month during the school year (moms in college) and the summer time about once a week. It's put a serious halt in her training (although she's retained everything like a champ <3 )

What I need is advice on finding a place to board. What questions to ask - can I look at / discuss contracts before deciding where I'll board. What price range to look for what amenities.

I know for sure I want to
  1. ride her frequently
  2. have her by herself or only with a maximum of 5 horses in her feild (she's easily bullied)
  3. help care for her myself (3-5 days a week do everything myself)
she is NOT a kids horse and was being trained as heel horse when I got her. My intentions are to retrain her in another western discipline (i don't ride english) and prefferably ride WITH people.


I really want to know what options I need to look out for and the right questions to ask since i've never boarded before.
     
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    10-24-2012, 01:07 PM
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Green Broke
Here's an off the top of my head list. I think you will run into an issue because most places will not want to do a partial care based on day of week. You'll need to decide if you want to do self care(do it all yourself everyday and maybe see if you can pay someone to fill in for you), partial care (certain daily services are provided and others not) or full care. It gets too complicated to have a split care situation and its very easy for staff to forget what day you're coming or whatever.

1.cost for field board and stall board
2. What does it include? (Blanket change, turnout, feeding, fly mask etc)
3. Riding amenities (indoor, outdoor, trails, roundpen)
4 trailer parking (if you have one)
5 turnout- how often and how much
6 ask to see the herd shed be joining
7 are events held there? Lessons?
8 does the barn "close" or have times where you are not allowed in?
9 if they feed their grain ask what it is and who determines what they get and the amount
10 does anyone stay on the property?
11 when is the last night check?
12 if stalled, how much hay is fed?
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    10-24-2012, 01:47 PM
  #3
Foal
Thanks I'll keep this in mind ^_^

Nah I know it's unlikely to get days set up individually it's just what I'd rather be able to do. Like I come in on weekdays and they take over on weekends since i'm usually out of town then. But thanks :)
     
    10-24-2012, 02:27 PM
  #4
Weanling
I don't know about where you are, but around here I see lots of places with individual turnout, granted its to a small paddock, not a pasture. Pasture turnout is typically with a group.

I would absolutely ask for a copy of the boarding contract before agreeing to board anywhere and read it carefully, asking for clarification on any points you're confused about.

Other things to consider, not all places allow outside coaches or trainers, so if you have any intention of bringing one in, make sure its ok ahead of time. Also ask about their worming and vaccination requirements, both for your own information and for the safety and health of your horse. (ie, if they don't have strict enough requirements in your estimation, are some of the horses yours will be in contact with going without and therefore endangering your horse?)
     

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