I am happy at the barn I am presently at, but I am looking at other barns for boarding purposes (if I were to get a horse in a few years). I mainly love my present barn because the trainer/owner has a lot of common sense and is very fair. The horses are well taken care of feed/vet/farrier wise, but the only thing to be desired is the turnout. Horses do get some indoor turnout in the winter (not sure about outdoor because it gets so icy sometimes), and in the summer outdoor turnout happens a few times a week (but not as much as I would like).
Board is 450$ per month (which is a very good price for board in my area), and my trainer doesn't charge extra for putting blankets on or turning out. However with riding lessons and vet/farrier bills, I am afraid it will be a little too much for me when I start a stable job.
My trainer is very flexible and if I needed, she would help me find a leaser to help pay costs, or use the horse in lessons for a reduced price. But then I thought of outdoor board.
Not only is it much cheaper (depends where, but can range from 200-300), but I feel it would be healthier for the horse, and easier on the pocket book. Also my present barn is mostly jumper/equitation, and in the future I would like to do eventing. But as it is not super popular in Quebec and the barns that offer it are very far and expensive, I could settle with trails and a field with "natural looking" jumps (which my barn doesn't offer).
Sigh, the next problem is, I have trouble with change. I can want it, but I am nervous to go ahead with it and start second guessing myself about whether it is the best decision.
I won't get a horse for a while now, but in the mean time, if you could share your outdoor boarding vs indoor boarding experiences, and what you find is absolutely necessary in the barn you board your horse at, I would appreciate it. It may help clear my ideas.
okay! First off! It all depends on the horse, take my horse for instance- he hates stalls and will destroy them. He will peee and peeee and peee until it is so wet and gross that they HAVE to take him out. He's a smart feller!!(:
But, my friend has a horse who is turned out daily but can not WAIT to be back in the comfort of his own stall!
And honestly you can't force a horse to stay where he doesn't want to be, because they are generally very persistent.
Now! It also depends on where you live, i own a special horse. His coat is built for the cold, but i like in Georgia so if- say i took him up to new York for a few weeks this time of year... He isn't use to that specific climate.
As far as injuries, a horse has just as much of a chance hurtting himself in a stall as they would outside. So i would even put that in you list of yes/nos. When my horse get frustrated(in a stall generally) is when he usually hurts himself.
and all we want is our babies to be happy(:
So if you think a stall would be good for your horse then go for it! I have always personally be a pasture girl myself.
Just makeshre that the floors are NOT concrete, it is bad on their legs. At least in my experience.....o have seen horses go lame from sitting in stalls all day :P
Good luck and i hope this helped! And all goes well(: Posted via Mobile Device