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post #1 of 3 Old 03-08-2012, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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So, what should I expect with horse boarding?

I've had a really ranged experience with horses, but I've never settled in one place yet. I was wondering what I should expect with boarding at a good facility. The best one in my area doesn't have any land that isn't a ring.

Anyways, I would like to be competitive, but I was wondering if I should expect to have the ability to take out my horse whenever I want? Like, can I ride it and work it without having to pay for a lesson? I really enjoy doing my own work and practicing between lessons.

What should I expect with boarding or should I just plan on waiting until we get more acreage to get a horse?

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-08-2012, 01:38 AM
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Every facility is different and they all have different rules.

Some barns have set "hours" and barring unusual circumstances (IE sick horse), you cannot be on the premises other than during those hours.

Some have rules that limit jumping to lessons or under the supervision of a trainer.

The only way you will know what the specific individual barns in your area offer, is to call them.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-08-2012, 01:42 AM
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Of course you're allowed to take out your horse whenever you want. Occasionally there are rules about the maximum number of riders in the arena at one time or no lounging during lessons etc. These are just safety rules. There are probably times that the barn is closed. My barns hours are 7am to 9pm.

Barn expectations vary. The best thing is to ask a lot of questions. Boarding stables almost always have some sort of written agreement or list of rules. Just arrange to visit or call and chat.
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