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Seahorseys 04-26-2010 08:49 AM

Boarding Question
 
What do you as a boarder look for in a barn? Taking into account fencing, shelter, turnout, etc...

ridergirl23 04-26-2010 09:18 AM

Just make sure the barn/fences and whole property is in good shape (meaning, no junk in the feilds, strong fences,not a braking down barn.)
and the PEOPLE, if theyre not nice people, or if theyre crazy, it wont be as nice a place to be around.

Alwaysbehind 04-26-2010 09:37 AM

First and foremost - that it is a proper fit for my horse and my horse's well being. That includes type of turnout, feed, farrier, vet, etc.

A barn that offers all kinds of way cool amenities does me no good if I have to use a farrier I do not like or their feeding program is not something that agrees with what my horse needs.

ridergirl23 04-26-2010 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind (Post 615660)
First and foremost - that it is a proper fit for my horse and my horse's well being. That includes type of turnout, feed, farrier, vet, etc.

A barn that offers all kinds of way cool amenities does me no good if I have to use a farrier I do not like or their feeding program is not something that agrees with what my horse needs.

And if theres a ferrier that doesnt work out for you or a vet, make sure to heck if you can bring other vets in, or if you have to use theire vet. :D

Jessabel 04-26-2010 11:54 AM

I look at the horses first of all. Are they fat, shiny, and happy? The condition of the horses speaks volumes about the barn. Next I look at the facilities and make sure it's all safe and secure. No broken fencing or protruding nails, debris, etc. I also like clean, dry pastures and paddocks. No slime pits. And I like to be around nice people who take good care of their horses.

starlinestables 04-26-2010 01:48 PM

When I used to be the boarder and not the boarding facility. The most important things to me were Safety. It could be the nicest facility ever with the nicest people but if it had a line of barb wire fencing it would be a deal breaker for me. Its important that you accept their feeding program, vet, farrier allowances. I do look at the condition of the horses as a whole... I've gotten in a nasty horse or two and I would hate to be judged on a new boarder!
Also one of my other deal breakers is how clean it is.. The facility could be ugly but if its not clean and functional then I wouldn't board there.

pieinthesky 04-26-2010 02:13 PM

Facility and feeding program should meet my needs. I prefer a barn that will feed your choice of grain.
Its the BO that really is the deal breaker or maker for me. My current BO is wonderful. She goes above and beyond and helps me out whenever she can. She always comes out to chat when I come over. She updates me about my horses via barn notes or in person, usually daily. Ive had some crappy BOs before, and if those people are involved in daily horsecare the horses tend to suffer in someway. Most of the bad BOs, at barns I left, were cheep, and really tried to cut corners in ways you shouldnt.

She runs a retirement facility. Some of the older horses have health issues or are at their last year or so. So, for me to judge the facility based on those horses would be unfair. But in most situations that would work.

Seahorseys 04-26-2010 02:16 PM

So which do you prefer?:

Wood or metal barn?
Wood, vinyl, or electric fencing?
All-day turnout or half-day turnout?
What do you think of bathroom facilities? Does it matter to you that you have a porta-potty vs a full bathroom?

pieinthesky 04-26-2010 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Seahorseys (Post 615915)
So which do you prefer?:

Wood or metal barn?
Wood, vinyl, or electric fencing?
All-day turnout or half-day turnout?
What do you think of bathroom facilities? Does it matter to you that you have a porta-potty vs a full bathroom?

Fence doesnt matter, but I dont like wire-electrobraid type.
I only do pasture board. Horses should be out as much as possible if they can handle it. I dont have a potty at my barn, I just use the stall if I cant hold it :-P

Alwaysbehind 04-26-2010 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Seahorseys (Post 615915)
Wood or metal barn?

Does not matter as long as it is safe (so where the horses are turned out where they have access to the barn itself the lower metal siding should either have backing so a leg does not kick thru it or be replaced with wood).

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Originally Posted by Seahorseys (Post 615915)
Wood, vinyl, or electric fencing?

Does not matter as long as it is safe.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Seahorseys (Post 615915)
All-day turnout or half-day turnout?

Depends on the horse.

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Originally Posted by Seahorseys (Post 615915)
What do you think of bathroom facilities? Does it matter to you that you have a porta-potty vs a full bathroom?

Full bathroom is always nice but it does not really matter to me. I am perfectly OK using a stall.


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