When I take mine to trainers, or the one who is currently free leased as a therapy horse there are certain things I will discuss, and some I will not. I typically discuss feed with them, since I trust them, otherwise my horse would not be there. Usually, I take a few days of whatever the horse has been getting, tell them what it is and how much….see what they are feeding and typically it is fine, because again-I do not take my horses to places I do not trust. If there is something one of my horses needs-we typically discuss it, and make a decision from there. I am pretty easy as a boarder, and usually will use their vet and farrier at least to start out, but, my guys are extremely easy keepers, and are barefoot. The biggest discussion we typically have is how long the grazing muzzle will be on and when we will start using it.
I have boarded at large (80+ horses) facilities that will dictate that you use Smartpak if you want supplements, but they do not tell you which ones to use, and they made that clear up front.
One thing recently that has been a bit of a bone of contention is the worming, since it is now recommended that fecals be done rather than rotation. That I DO insist on. Fecals WILL be done, and I deal with the worming.
It can be difficult, and I have no idea how many facilities are in your area now. From what I know, there are not all that many that will be convenient. That makes it a little difficult.
I also make sure I have a signed training agreement with them-even the ones who are friends of mine. I need to know how many times a week they will ride my horse and they need to know that on any given day I may show up.
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