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!