Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I've kept my horse at places where they just have paddocks with lots of horses - no arenas, no extra feed, no blanketing, and still there were always upwards of 20 people keeping their horses there, and often people on a waiting list.
It's really hard to estimate what the going rate is for somewhere. It is going to depend on the place of course, but location often plays a big part in the cost of something. Like I would pay $50 a week (in Australia we usually pay by the week) for just a shared paddock with access to a decent arena with no care if the boarding place was close, but I wouldn't pay nearly that much if I had to travel further to get there, even if they had the same facilities. How much I'd pay is also dependent on the quality of the pasture, of the fencing, how many horses share etc. Also depends on your competition, visit the boarding facilities in the area, and see what they offer and what they charge.
For full time paddock boarding I think pasture rotation is very important. At one place we used to rotate between 7 different paddocks, to give the others a "rest", to reduce worms and to let the grass grow back. You need to offer a good place to handle the horses if you're not providing stables, so places to tie up, tack storage, preferably stables for use with injured or sick horses, or even just to keep them overnight before a show..
Also don't think "natural boarding" is good terminology. It made me immediately think of huge green fields with naked people running after horses, trying to catch them or something. No idea why that came to mind.
Last edited by Saskia; 11-07-2011 at 03:23 PM.