12-09-2013, 11:13 PM
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First I have to say that I really appreciate this post! My friend and I have just started looking at barns to move our boys to. We went to visit our first one today. We asked
-are dominant horses an issue (my horse is very dominant)
-is there grass in the summer
-how muddy does it get in the seasons when the grass field is blocked off
-feeding? Especially for outdoor board, if your horse is on supplements (like mine), how they feed the horses is important. My guy is more then capable of protecting his own food, but others might be pushed aside, and there supplements/medications eaten by another horse, if say the horses are just fed in buckets next to each-other
-how many horses in the herd
-mares and geldings together?
-how accessible is the arena (is there always somebody in it? Or is it rarely used)
-vet and farrier, can you bring your own? Who do they use as there's?
-trails in the area (if that's your thing)
-are jumps/barrels etc able to be used (in our case he told us they can be used by anyone as long as we clean up. Had he not mentioned it we would have asked)
- wash stall/ area. Is it indoor or outdoor or both?
-are there any stealing/theft issues? (I asked this as it was a common tack room and not enclosed lockers that could be locked)
-are you allowed to bring your own coach/instructor in?
- if you need a stall, how does that work? How much extra, is it less if you come clean it yourself etc