Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas
Being an owner who boards their horses, be very critical of WHERE you board. I prefer stables where someone lives on-site. If you are lucky enough to find a place where the owner / manager really cares about animals, that is a big plus. A couple of stables I have boarded are strictly in it as a business and don't do the little things (like put antibiotic cream on a scratch your horse picked up in the pasture). Make sure the place is safe (no barbed wire fences, pastures are free of debris, boards don't have nails sticking out, etc.). This seems pretty basic, but you would be surprised at what you will find as a "boarding facility". The more potential accidents you can avoid, the fewer vet calls. Here are a few questions to ask the owner / manager:
What time do they feed? Is it the same time every day?
Does the same person feed every day?
Do they charge extra if your horse needs daily supplements or medicine?
Do they charge extra to blanket in the winter?
Do they charge extra for putting on fly masks?
Do they have a tack room you can use and how secure is it?
Do they provide or require regular worming of all horses?
Do they charge for trailer storage?
Good luck to you. It's a wonderful experience owning a horse but be cautious about who you entrust your horses well-being to.