06-10-2012, 04:07 AM
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This has not been an issue with my own barn, but I have read plenty of threads where people complained that their BO required that they use the same farrier, trainer, vet, etc. that they use at the barn. I would ask about that. I'd especially make sure that it is ok to have your farrier to continue with your horses. Maybe I am just overly sensitive about that subject because finding even a half-way decent farrier has been a nightmare for me, but that would be very high on my list of importance.
I would also ask about the availability of the riding arena and any other riding areas they are offering.
I would also ask about the kind of riding they are doing. Talk to other boarders. Make sure it will be a place of common interest. For example, I am a trail rider. I doubt I'd be happy at a barn where nobody trail rides or where there are no good trails to ride on.
Then depending on whether or not it was full board or self raises a whole other list of questions. If it is full, I'd certainly want to know their feed and turnout schedule. I'd also want to know if you have to use their feed and if so, what are they feeding. I'd also want to know what kind of and how much hay they are providing or pasture.
Pay very close attention to the space that is available. Make sure it is clean and safe. Make sure where the horses are turned out, they have clean fresh water. Also, pay close attention to the environment. See if the other boarders around you are pleasant and having fun or not. It sounds simple, but so many little things are easy to overlook.
Sorry for the novel. However, I have been in enough bad situations to know that it is best to check everything you can think of. I sure hope you can find a nice barn for you and your daughter.
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