What to ask before boarding?
What are good questions to ask before boarding a horse? This is the information they have:
"Our services include quality hay fed twice daily, automatic/heated waterers , 50' round pen, over one acre of forest riding, 150' x 200' sand arena, secure tack room, poly-coat fencing, well maintained grounds and a wash rack....all starting at $225 per month! Additional board services are available. Just give us a call."
I'm in Colorado. Here are a few questions I already have:
-Do you do blanketing/unblanketing, and is that an extra fee?
-Do you allow personal trainers to come to the boarding location to help train me/my horse?
-In winter/when it's cold (like now!!) do you put out more hay for the horses?
Are the horses kept inside or out. If in are they allowed to go out? If out do they have access to a shelter?
Do they have a farrier that comes out to do everyones horses hooves?
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Sorry, I should have included this-
It is pasture boarding, you need to bring out your own farrier, and the shelter they have is "natural" forest shelter.
Are you required to vaccinate, deworm or bring your own salt/minerals?
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How much hay is fed? What if your horse doesn't maintain weight on that amount?
Thanks so much guys! These all are great questions.
Do they allow smoking? People to bring dogs, or unsupervised kids? Drinking?
What time does barn close up at night?
Who is allowed to come there?
How often do they check on the horses if at all?
The closest vet and can you bring out yours?
If you're a social rider, like myself, you can ask about any "group activities." Such a barn parties, group trail rides or play days.
Ask how many boarders/horses are on the property. It's always interesting to me to see that sometimes half of the horses on property are owned by the barn, and not by boarders.
Ask what "high quality hay" means. Around my area - it's usually just a bermuda grass mix.
A big qualifier for me was being able to use all the jumps/standards when I felt like it. I train a lot by myself, and some barns do not allow people to use the jumps unless a trainer is present. I feel, if I am over 18 and paying for boarding services, I should be able to utilize ALL facilities/equipment, and take responsibility for my own injuries/actions.
How often to board prices raise? Do they charge more in winter when extra feed is needed?
My barn charges $10 extra during winter months for pasture horses. I know some barns that are $100 more during the winter.
Is there hot water on location? You never realize you miss/need it until it's not there!
So many more questions that will come to mind, I'm sure. I love barn shopping, good luck!!
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