Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chicagoland area, IL
I always look for barns that, if my horse is injured or sick, I am allowed to come in the middle of the night if necessary. My current manager is GREAT about letting me come at any hour if my horse needs meds in the middle of the night, or is colicking. Turnout is also a must, personally. It's amazing how beneficial turnout is both physically and emotionally for the horses. Also... what age range of owners will you appeal to? Some establishments I've boarded at appeal greatly to show-obsessed adolescences, while others appeal to more pleasure-type adults. Find what TYPE of barn appeals to you, and YOU would feel the best at managing. If you don't feel like having a strong governing leadership, then maybe a teen-based show barn where lots of drama may occur isn't the type of establishment you'd be best for, for example. I've been a LOT of different barns, and management types are usually the biggest error OR compliment I find for a barn. :) Good luck!