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    09-13-2011, 10:10 PM
  #1
Weanling
When looking for a stable?

I have never boarded before, but now I will be boarding two horses starting Oct. 31 at the latest. I'm looking around at places, but what makes a good boarding stable to you.
My list so far:
Must allow self care or at least part
Would be nice to have arena
Round Pen would be nice
Must have some pasture
Trails would be nice
Must sign a contact.
Anything else you guy can think of, I have let people board horses here, but never boarded some where else.
     
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    09-13-2011, 11:27 PM
  #2
Trained
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Originally Posted by Spotted Image    
I have never boarded before, but now I will be boarding two horses starting Oct. 31 at the latest. I'm looking around at places, but what makes a good boarding stable to you.
My list so far:
Must allow self care or at least part
Would be nice to have arena
Round Pen would be nice
Must have some pasture
Trails would be nice
Must sign a contact.
Anything else you guy can think of, I have let people board horses here, but never boarded some where else.
What size stall/turn out/corral/pasture are you looking for? Indoor only? Outdoor? If self care then do you buy the shavings for a stall from the barn or do you supply your own. Do you get a feed/tack area of your own? Any hour restrictions, I.e. 8-5 or 7am to 9pm or ......, any days they're closed except for you coming in to feed and pick? .....If no arena or round pen is there an area designated for working your horse? How about a wash rack? Hot water or no?
     
    09-13-2011, 11:31 PM
  #3
Trained
When I was looking for places to keep Abby, one of the biggest things to affect my decision was the general vibe of the place. There was one couple and their property that I just did not feel comfortable leaving my horse with. I'm sure they were nice people, but it was just a gut feeling, you know?
     
    09-16-2011, 01:19 PM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks all good ideas for me to look at and something else I noticed is the pasture set-up. Mares and geldings in one pasture or mixed. I would prefer mixed pastures.
     
    09-16-2011, 01:44 PM
  #5
mls
Trained
As a BO - I appreciate if folks run through their 'must haves' prior to an on site interview. If there is something you absolutely must have and I don't have it, please don't waste my time and yours by coming out and talking to me for two hours.

Look at what is there now. Do not base your decision on "well we are going to build an arena next month". Things happen and they don't happen.

I like to see clean. Worn, old isn't a deal breaker. Filthy gross is.

Common sense things - is the area the feed and hay stored away from easy access for loose horses? Adequate turn out? How many horses in a group - is there enough feeder space for all of those horses to eat at the same time? Water supply? Manure removal? Access areas gated to prevent loose horses? Place to store your tack? Posted rules? Regular feeding and turn out schedule? On site BO or BM? LIGHTS? (getting to be that time of year). Barn hours?

Do the horses appear relaxed? Any other critters on property?
     
    09-17-2011, 11:38 AM
  #6
Foal
I agree with mls, safety is a big priority, and cleanliness too. Plus, it helps if you like the people there, and if other boarders are in the same discipline as you, because usually a barn ends up being a big part of your social life!
     
    09-18-2011, 09:24 PM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks, I will be calling about my first barn tomorrow. I know, Multi-gender pasture is going to almost be a must. (I will be taking a mare and gelding, who are best buds and either one will fight, and lets others pick on them, but they stick together.) I do want an arena (as my mare is hopefully in training for barrels), hours early morning to late night or 24/7. I don't care if it's an older barn as long as it's safe. Must be self care. I do have a major discipline, my passion is barrel racing, and trail riding, but I want to play around with jumping. I know the barn would be a social part for me, I'm used to having my horses behind my house, if I'm not at school I will be at the barn, unless I have a job. I'm hoping an arena will help me get a training program on them. One horse is a handfull and the other is green broke.
     
    09-20-2011, 11:37 PM
  #8
Weanling
My Dad and I called a stable and it seems like a good fit. We are going to go out and check it out tomorrow night. We are hoping to enjoy it. No lets just hope, our extra horse sales, because $135 board isn't going to happen with three horses, when one would never get ridden. I can start training back up with both horses, at this stable. Indoor and Outdoor riding ring.
     

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