Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
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.)
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.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.