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        04-16-2010, 09:55 AM
    Green Broke
    Wink What do YOU look for???

    Wasn't sure where to put this thread but it seems like Horse Health was probably the best answer.

    I am in the process of deciding which of the 15 local stables to put Cinny in when we leave the trainer. There are some that are definitely out, but a few that are close ties. My question to you is, what would YOU look for in a stable/equestrian center. What things do you think are "must haves" and what things do you think wouldn't really matter as much.

    I know it's mostly personal preference but I want to make sure I'm looking at the big picture and you might have something that you insist of that I wouldn't have thought about and yet is pretty important.

    Thanx for your input :)
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        04-16-2010, 10:38 AM
    If I had to board my horse I would look for a stable that offered what I need in my discipline. I'd also take one that is clean, well maintained and has a safe environment for my horse. I would look at the other horses there and see what they look like- are their hooves neat, are they in good flesh, bright and cheerful? And finally meet with the barn owner and find out if their personality will match with yours.
        04-16-2010, 11:21 AM
    Top things I look for are:

    1) How well cared for do the horses look?

    2) How well maintained are the fences, and barns?

    3) How easy to get along with is the Barn Owner?

    4) How close by is the nearest Vet and are they willing to travel or do you have to go to them in an emergency?
        04-16-2010, 03:38 PM
    Green Broke
    I think I have narrowed it down to 2 choices. One is a stable where the owner also keeps their race horses so there are actually racing thoroughbreds, some are studs. It appears it used to be a racing farm but he now takes on boarders for money, but I'm not sure...just what it looks like. There is an 1 indoor arena and 1 outdoor and direct access to a park with trails. No on site trainer, and the winter they turn off the water and use buckets. My choices are both barn stalls with daily turn out...either I do full serve where they feed and turn out or self serve where I feed and turn out. Full serve you also get your own tack locker but the horse is boarded in the same barn as the race horses and is pricey so I would have to go with self. Self serve the barn looks a little run down and there are NO tack lockers you just share a 6X6 tack room with everyone else. It's pretty much a mixed discipline stable.

    Option 2 is a slightly bigger equestrian center where they often hold nationally recognized shows and clinics. They are primarily an Dressage/Hunter stable which is hard to find in NE and yet what I am used to. There is NO Trail access but they have two site trainers and a contracted vet. They have many options including sharing a paddock and round bale (which is what my horse has done his whole life). There is a grass dressage arena, an eventing field, several small-ish turn outs and an indoor lighted arena plus a really nice lounge. The price for the paddock with the bale is in between the other two options at the other stable.

    I'm mostly going to be using him as an all around pleasure horse and maybe showing, so not sure I should spend a little more for the equestrian center and yet, it's nice to have all that in hand if I choose to use it. Yet I also really really like going on trail and without a truck/trailer I am pretty much stable bound...so the trail would be nice. I am really torn.
        04-16-2010, 04:11 PM
    I'd go with option number 2. Would you have access to the trainers, vet, and arena if you went with the paddock and bale option? Would he have shelter in the paddock?

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