What would you like to see?
If you would like to add on to your barn or stables then just think about what you would expect at a stable you would chooseto board at.
I would like an indoor ring and an outdoor ring. Several extra stalls. Easy access to shavings, hay, grain, water. Obstacles availible for borders like barrels and jumps. Having a batheroom and lounge is very nice. I like a big and non-scary parking area. Plenty of pasture room and several small round pens. Hot walkers are just a plus. Wash stalls are a must. A building or two is a good thing for obstacles. You are going to want a spacious and organized tack room with name tags. Cleanly painted. Extra helmets. etc.
Thats what I would like to see in a barn if I were to board. What would you like to see/have?
Emergency contact numbers posted at every exit and on the tack room door
Appropriate and VERY well maintained fencing
Clean feed and water sources
Free choice hay 24/7 if stalled and when needed if not stalled
Well ventilated barns
irradiate heaters for those 0 temp nights
Blanket hangers at each stall
Lighted arenas including the outdoor
SUPER clear and concise:
Turn out schedule posted clearly so I know what pasture my horse is located in at any given time.
Pasture rotation (so my horse is familiar with all the fencing boundaries)
Trainers/Instructor of my own choosing
Geeze I am picky!:twisted:
The front gate never closed (as in open 24/7 to boarders)
indoor is nice, outdoor is nice, access to trails is really nice.
Tack rooms that are well insulated and cleaned
Tidy spacious stalls to come inside and eat
Good fencing, no barbed wire.
BM on property
Good lighting throughout barn
Tidy shaving/feed area
Enough space for a turnout paddock, big fields for grazing in
No dangerous tying up places (as in if they exist, they need to be secure and not risk injury to my horse)
All hoses and spickets in good working order
Hay stored in an appropriate place
No barn machinery hanging around, stored away
Obstacles for jumping, calvaletti, mounting block, cones, etc.
Nice area for parking and for trailers
No loose dogs that cause trouble
Good draining around barn and arena
Salt block dish in each stall
Rubber mats so boarders and horses don't slip in the winter and spring
Gates that close and latch properly
NO SINK HOLES
I think that's all..just basic good maintenance with some luxuries and common sense care for horses.
Clean area, no bared wire, well kept fences, no machinery or trailers where horses can get into them, large clean water access, nice well groomed trails & a lighted shaded open air arena and trail course obstacles to practice on. BM on property. Nice wash racks with working water access. Free feed grass hay to stalled horses. Nice clear large turnouts.
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