Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: SouthEastern PA
Limited choice about turnout, paddock buddies, and stall time.
Depends on the barn situation. Some allow up to 24/7 turnout, some allow none at all.
Limited or no choice about what to feed and when.
You could always buy your own feed. Most good barns allow you to choose what your horse is fed.
Mandated hours to see your horse.
I see this alot. I wont ride at a barn that has crappy hours
Limited choice on who your farrier/vet is.
Never had that problem- my only problem was finding a good farrier in the area. Some places wont hold the horse for you.
Limited choice when it comes to things like blanketing, haltering, etc.
Some places do all the blanketing you one, others not at all, other its an extra fee.
Different people handling your horse all the time - May not be consistent.
Unless you have one person running the show this happens ALOT.
Risk of strangers handling/riding your horse when you are not there.
Happens at some places, but if there is always staff around introduce yourself to them and stipulate that you only allow certain, or no one else to ride your horse.
Risk of getting a lazy/incompetent BO who is neglectful in the care of property or horses.
Always happens somewere. I ask around before I board, some people have bad reputations. If the facility is horrible, chances are they will treat the horses simmilarly.
Risk of theft of gear by other boarders.
Yup. I prefer a locked locker or tack trunk. I've never had that problem at a barn were I couldnt bring a locked trunk. (not enough room) But my friends have had their stuff used or stolen. Leads dissapear very fast at some places.