Great Idea RubaiyateBandit!!!
I'm not going to be of much help, but here are a few sugestions I can make: Boarding
: I think the range is between $50-$1,000 a month (I'd love to visit a barn that charges $1,000 for board
I would also say something along the lines of:
There are several types of boarding; self care, partial, and full.
In self care board, you will be responsible for the majority of your horses needs, such as feeding, cleaning his/her stall, turnout, and exersize. This form of board is the cheapest option, but requires the most work on your part.
Partial board is another option. In a partial board situation, the barn owner or staff will clean stalls, feed the horses, and usually handle turnout.
Full board is the most expensive option. Full board will cover the majority of the care for the horse. The barn owner or staff will take care of feeding, cleaning stalls, and handle turnout schedules. In addition, full board may cover grooming, worming and exersize. At the high end full board barns, they may even saddle and exersize your horse for you. Disiplines:
Ranch and cattle work:
Ranch riding is a western based disipline. In general, a horse the is agile, quick, and cow savy is needed to compete. Riders need western apparel (riding boots, jeans, a button down shirt with yoke, and a riding helmet or cowboy hat will suffice). In working cattle there is decent amount of team work, such as sorting and team roping. Having the knowledge of how to rope is needed for some events, but not required for all.
Barrels and Poles:
The barrels and poles are western speed events that require a fast, agile horse. In barrles, the horse and rider will race around three barrels set up in a triangular pattern. Western barrel saddles are helpful to have, but not nessicary. Riders wear western apparel (riding boots, jeans, button down shirt with yoke, and a helmet or cowboy hat).
The poles requires the horse and rider to ride down a row of six poles, weave down and back up the poles, then race back to the finish line. A western saddle is needed, and the rider wears western attire (riding boots, jeans, button down shirt with yoke, and a helmet or cowboy hat).
Hope this helps out!