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        06-15-2009, 05:45 AM
    First time boarder, help!

    I'm looking for a good boarding facility near Louisville, just poking around the internet. I'm attending the University of Louisville in the fall, and I'm going to try to get my Walker mare up there with me. It'll be my first time away from my horses EVER with no daily contact (other than overnight trips). I literally have not taken a vacation longer than 3 days since I was 6yrs old because I had to get back to the horses. I'm an equine business student (shocker), too.

    So as someone who has never boarded a horse in her life, what do I need to know? Look for? Any good books out there? I'll have at least one friend that I know who can help a bit, but she's almost my age and I'm hoping for a few wiser opinions.

    Should there be any problem with my mare's breed or size? She's a 17.2hh Tenn Walker mare, 7yrs old, and a slightly hard keeper. But as long as she's in a stall and fed once a day with turnout, she stays a good weight. She gets a pinch thin in the winter, but gets back to a good weight again in the spring and summer.

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        06-15-2009, 06:37 AM
    I might start with the school first. I'm sure you are not the only one boarding so they may have a list of stables and some comments about them. They may even direct you to some students or faculty that can help you out.

    Failing that, I would start with the Yellow Pages and do some interviewing over the phone. You can get a feel for some places by the way the conversation goes.

    Things I'd like to know are (just a few off the top of my head):

    1. Size of stalls
    2. Turnout time
    3. Feeding schedule - and what they feed (or can you supply your own)
    4. The facilities (ring, trails, footing, lighting, width of walkways, number of horses they care for, etc.)
    5. Lessons
    6. Staff (full time and part time)
    7. Do they cater to your discipline.
    8. Tack safety - how will yours be protected.
    9. Distance from school
    10. Hours of operation and can you visit your horse outside those hours.

    If you have a good feel for the place, then you need to go see it. If that isn't possible, ask if you can sign up for just a month to get a feel for the place. If you don't like it there you can move you horse during that time.
        06-15-2009, 06:29 PM
    One thing you might consider is to make some horsey friends where you'll be living. Some of the best places to board are small, private places.

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