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post #1 of 4 Old 05-29-2014, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Paddock Paradise Boarding

Hello! I'm looking for advice on developing a Paddock Paradise type of boarding facility. This is a potential property we are looking at purchasing, with an existing indoor arena with 16 stalls.

I'd like to find a way to make use of the stalls without them being the horse's sole living environment, which I don't believe is conducive to a happy, healthy life for a horse. My idea is to use creative fencing to incorporate the stalls into a Paddock Paradise track, as you can see in the picture, the track connects to the stalls. The red lines below the big indoor arena are for the proposed track. The exterior of that track is already fenced off so we will just add an additional fence on the inside to create the track. There are existing paddocks that we will make available for boarding as well.
I assume I will be able to handle feeding time following herd hierarchy. I should be able to let each horse into it's own stall for feeding supplemental feed. I think we'll have free choice grass hay out on the track. We will feed any alfalfa or other feed in the horse's personal stall and I will expect the supplemental feed to be pre-made in a bucket or bag by the horse's owner.
Should I have any other concerns about anything? Do you think the horses will learn the routine and go into their 'own' stall or is every feeding time going to be a fiasco?
Will this be a viable option for a boarding scenario?

This set-up will serve about 14 horses.

Any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-29-2014, 09:29 PM
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I like the idea of the setup, you'll just have to make sure there aren't any areas where lower ranking horses could get trapped by a bully or more dominate horse in the PP. How wide do you plan to make the PP and the lanes leading to the barn? They need to be wide enough to allow passing by the horses.

There is also the concern about the footing in the PP with that many horses on it all day, and possibly all night. They'll tear the ground up pretty quickly, especially if it's muddy out. You might need a sacrifice area to contain them for a while when it gets really bad out. (I like gravel sacrifice areas better than sand, drain better and wear the hooves down more.)

Also, will you have one or multiple watering stations in the enclosure for the horses? Or will you keep water in their stalls?

It'll be a bit of a learning experience at first for the horses at meal times, you might want help to guide the horses into the stalls until they get the routine down pat. Keeping in mind that any new horses will have to learn this routine also, but shouldn't be too big of an issue.

As for the paddocks, do they have shelters or would the horses be stalled at night?
For the owners mixing their own supplements etc, I like to do that myself anyways, but some owners might not have time to do it. You might be able to charge a small fee to mix the supplements yourself or have a menu of boarding options available for the boarders to choose from, each with a fee.
Or you could offer a horse crazy kid the opportunity to learn about horse care by feeding etc, in exchange for riding time or some other reward.
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You bring up wonderful points, Horseychick! Thanks for the reply.

I plan to have one watering hole on the track, with a flooded area around the water bucket so horses have to walk into the water and get their hooves wet to drink.

I do plan on putting gravel in several areas, our particular area gets a lot of rain and mud is a problem.

I plan to have the track 5 meters at the narrowest. I need to measure that place on the left side of the barn, that can't be any wider because there is a road there that needs to stay. If that area is too narrow I will eliminate that side altogether and use the stalls for other things, like tack or feed rooms.

Each paddock will have it's own shelter. I plan on building one building per two paddocks, which will have a shelter for each horse and a tack/feed room for each boarder.

I'm thinking it might be best to have one large open shelter for free choice access and leave the stalls for temporary use.
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You're welcome

Sounds good, I like the idea of them being able to get their hooves wet. I have no problem with that myself considering where I live, but I know lots of people that have trouble with dry hooves.

Ah, 5 meters is a bit over 16'4" so that's plenty wide enough, even at the narrowest point. Usually you don't want to go below 12 feet, I believe that's a little over 3.6 meters wide. Any more narrow than that and you'll get lots of bumping and fighting unless lead in by hand.

I like the sound of the paddock buildings, much more convenient and easy to use. The shelter is a good idea too.

Sounds like you've thought this out and have a good plan. I wish you the best of luck with it.
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