What would be the Perfect Horse Boarding Facility?????
So, as I have read down through the forums, about borading, it got me thinking!! What do you look for when you are looking for a place to borad your horses??
~What are some pros and cons you have encountered??
~Do you look for a place that offers full borad, pasture borad??
~Do you and a place that has an indoor, outdoor areana, a round pen? ~Trails for trail riding. Do you want a trainer??
~How many horses would you and to be on the facility? Does the size of the farm matter??
~Does the Owners education matter?? Are you more likely to borad at a facility were the owner and trainer have a degree in equine???
~Would you like the facility to provide services such as grooming, tacking, farrier, vet, shots, deworming, massage thearpy??
~Would you like some that gives lessons???
~Does riding styles matter??
~Would you like a place that provides space to park your horse trailer
~Would you rather the facility provide a tack locker, big enough for your saddles and other tack, or would you rather bring your own tack box
~What kinda barn hours would you look for
~Would you like to recieve monthy news letters
~cook outs and barn parties, such as, a christmas party, a summer cook out
The list could go on and on......BUT
WHAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT HORSE BORADING FACILITY FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE??
Ive never boarded my horse but what id look for is:
-Safe, decent fencing.
- Decent pastures, preferably with shelters
- An arena
- The owners experience most definatly matters! I wouldnt want my horse being looked after by someone with little experience. A degree isnt necessary, just a good knowledge of horses and common sense
- A Qualified riding instructor available, as i would want to get lessons.
- I think all boarding facillities should have their own de-worming, farrier and vet programs (shots etc) as its easier to keep track and make sure all the horses are up to date.
Thats all i can think of right now
The most important thing to me is a knowledgeable care taker who really cares about horses and people. If the manager of a barn is passionate about keeping horses and people healthy and happy then everything else will fall into place.
24-hours access is important for me with my work schedule. One stable I boarded at continued to change hours and would not allow me on the premises after dark to blanket my horse in the winter - the stable owner said I'd have to change my work hours! Another occassion he put my horse in his neighbor's pasture and they would not let me get my horse. The stable owner said I'd have to look at him over the fence and come back in a week or so when he moved the pasture board horses back onto his property!
A riding arena and available trails or access to trails. Although I drive 24 miles round trip, I feel that I have a better reationship with my horse and I really like my current stable. However, in the year we've been there all of the trails have been consumed by new construction (homes, churches, school, etc.); thus, I ride in the arena or we trailer off-site a few times monthly.
Shelter and a decent pasture are other qualties I prefer. My horse currently has a 1-acre pasture and a run in adjacent to the barn - thus easy access.
WOW, i could not even think about not being able to see me horse only through a fence, that is crazy. And then having the owner tell you that you need to change your work hours. I thought that they were there to provide service to you and your horse.
Good place to board
To me a good facility revolves around good horse care. A barn that takes pride and care into keeping each horse into the right feeding schedule. A barn that checks up on the horses a few times a day. Handlers and stable hands that are knowledgeable about horses and know how to properly care for them and move them, when to call a vet etc etc.
Another big thing for me is riding and training. I've always worked with a trainer, so I would need a trainer that has the right amount of training and teaching style to teach me and my horse.
The facility I board at is very nice but there are a few things I would love to have! No place is perfect but it would be nice to have a place to park my trailer instead of keeping it here at the house. I wish the covered arena had better footing - they work on it but it does have issues. It also gets very wet in a rain so it would be nice to have an indoor arena instead of just covered. I wish we were situated like my former stable - next to a 300 acre reserve that we could ride on.
It is a full board or pasture board but that is them responsible for feeding even in the pasture. It is all they offer.
My horses are in pasture board right now and they have a 3 acre or so pasture with a shelter and automatic waterers. They are fed 2 times a day. The stables offer 3 wash racks, 1 being indoors and with hot water. Two walkers, covered arena, outdoor arena, owners live on site, 4 full time stable employees, quality feed, large tack room, washer and dryer, refridgerator and it is gated and security provided. Vet on call. They are super nice people and watch over the horses like they are theirs. They will call me if they see anything unusual and will take action if they do.
It is not perfect but pretty darn close!
Thank you for all your posting everyone
Knowledgeable BO that lives on site. Someone who obviously knows more than me and has a ton of experience, but also someone who is willing to partner with me on making decisions about my horse's care. Someone who can make suggestions but ultimately understand and respect that the final decision is mine.
Well kept facilities, large stalls with good bedding and good ventilation. Good lighting and safe areas. Large pastures with good grass, safe fencing and large run-in shelters.
Lighted outdoor ring, indoor arena, wash stall, trails & fields, good instructor/trainer, flexible hours, how about a webcam?! Few or no other boarders around when I'm there after work, clean & secure tack room, space for my trunk close to the area that I tie my horse. Oh only in a perfect world could there exist such a place...
Web cams would be awesome, I never thought of that.
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