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post #1 of 5 Old 01-31-2014, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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What's it like to Agist?

Just to clarify, I'm extremely new to HorseForums.

I live in a suburban area and am looking for an area to agist my horse, but I have some questions.

What are the priorities/responsibilities for the owner of the horse?
What does the owner of the property generally commit to?
And please reply with any of your experiences with agisting.

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-01-2014, 12:14 PM
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In the US, there's a wide variety of boarding arrangements available.

"Full care" is the most typical IME. The barn typically provides hay & grain, and will feed supplements provided by the horse owner. They turn the horse out and bring them in. They may change blankets, put on/off fly masks, hold the horse for the farrier/vet, administer medications, etc. either included in the price or for an added fee. The stalls are typically cleaned once daily by the barn staff.

"Self care" basically provides a space for the horse and little else. The horse owner is responsible for providing the hay and grain and typically must feed it themselves (some places will feed grain if it is prepared by the owner) The horse owner must clean their own stall, provide their own bedding, turn the horse out, and bring the horse in.

"Partial care" can be any combination of responsibilities between full care and self care, depending on the facility. Some consider it "partial care" when the horse owner provides their own hay and grain, but the barn staff provides the rest of the services like you would get in full care. Others are closer to self care, with only a couple of very basic services included.

It's very rare for things like farrier care, vaccinations, deworming, etc. to be included in the cost of even "full care" board.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-01-2014, 11:52 PM
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I have some very traumatising experiences. Its well worth taking the time to find a peacefull agistment. Agisting can b really stressfull if the agistment isnt professional. If I had my own land with grass, id rather not agist at all.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-02-2014, 02:20 AM
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I too am a city dweller and have to board my horse. As Verona1016 posted, there are a few options. It comes down to finances and how much time you have/want to spend caring for your horse. The stable I am at does full board only. The price includes feed(hay and grain), bedding (pine pellets), turn out in the morning and in at night, putting on and taking off of fly masks, rain sheets and winter blankets as well as application of medicine if needed. The stable has indoor and outdoor arenas as well as great trails just across the road. This setup works well for me. I work full-time and ride four or five times per week so to do all the other care would allow little time for riding. The downside is that, although she is my horse, the stable owner sees more of her than I do. If I had the time I would like to do everything myself and ideally have her in a pasture. When choosing a boarding facility, make sure it caters to your preferred discipline if you have one. Is there an onsite instructor or can you bring your own? Get references or talk to current boarders if possible. Ask if they have insurance or if you are required to have it and what it covers. Finally, I would sign up for maybe one month to begin with and, if you're happy with the place at the end of that, sign up for longer.

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-05-2014, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Emma2003 View Post
Ask if they have insurance or if you are required to have it and what it covers.
One note here- it's a very good idea to carry your own liability insurance even if the barn doesn't require you to do so. Not sure about where you are, but in the US the farm's insurance only covers the farm- it won't protect you if someone decides to sue you, even if any damages aren't your fault (e.g. if someone rides your horse without your permission and gets injured)

Also a good idea to check if your homeowner's or renter's insurance will cover property kept at the barn and get additional insurance if it doesn't, especially if you have any expensive tack.
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