What do you want?

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        07-01-2010, 12:36 AM
    What do you want?

    What do you look for and want in a boarding stable.

    Please tell me everything from feeding, exercising, turnout, lessons, fees, to anything.

    I'd just like to hear what you guys like.
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        07-01-2010, 01:39 AM
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    Nice people, a nice barn, well known good trainers, people that are like family. A barn with sane horses (the horses tell A LOT about the people) and I'm not to picky other then that.
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        07-01-2010, 03:07 AM
    What I look for is care: What kind of stalls are they kept in? Are they ensured to be safe? No nails hanging out, unlikely to get out on accident? I look at turn-out. Will my horse be able to get outside and run and play at least once a day? Is it a safe turn-out where my horse is unlikely to get caught up in fencing or in a fight with another horse? I look at whether or not the barn feeds, and if they do, what, when, and how? Regular waterings? If the barn is one with a trainer, will she exercise my horse if I can't get down and do it myself? I also look at the staff: Who is working there? What is the manager like? The trainer? The workers? Are they trustworthy? If I take a trip will they not leave my horse high-and-dry? Is there a risk of having my tack stolen?

    In most boarding stables, the only thing you really have to worry about is the state of the barn. A lot of them are old, so are there loose boards and dangerous roofing?

    The last thing I look at is price. For all that I'm looking for, is the price reasonable? Or is it out-the-wazoo-expensive? If I feel that the barn quality is not up to par with the price, then I continue looking until I find a suitable boarding stable.

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