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post #1 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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boarding for my first horse..

Hi Everyone!

I just have a question, its kind of silly, but something im not completely sure how to do. so im planning on purchasing my first horse in the near future. I know where I want to keep my horse and the barn owner knows im looking for a horse, but what all is involved before i bring the horse to the farm? should i ask to be put on the waiting list? do i need to give the barn owner a copy of the horses papers - like coggins, health cert., ect.? what all papers will i need to sign? like will there be insurance and liability papers? when do i sign these? when do i tell the barn owner that im planning on bringing a horse?
also, what if i want to have the horse on trial for a few days? how would that work with the boarding part? would there be a difference?..maybe i would just pay a fee per day?

im really not sure and i dont want to be like "surprise! i brought my horse!" haha

also, kind of along the same do i get a vet and farrier lined up? do i just call and say that im planning on buying a horse and if they would be interested in being my vet/farrier? do i ask them before or after the purchase of the horse? im planning on using the same vet and farrier that my barn uses, is there a difference in procedure then?

any info would be helpful! i know it could also kind of vary from place to place, so maybe even if you just give me your experience that would be awesome. thank you!
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 11:40 AM
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All the questions regarding paperwork and such would be best answered by your BO, to be honest. Every barn is different.

As for the vet and farrier, when your new horse is ready to be trimmed, call the farrier and say "Hi, I'm ___________ and I have my horse boarded at ______________. I was wondering if you have any openings to come give my horse a trim?" With the vet, I've never actually used a vet, but I've worked for one and we never had people line up a vet in advance of buying a horse, unless they were having a pre-purchase exam done. If they needed a vet for their new horse, they just called and said "I'm so-and-so and I need to have the vet out to look at my horse."
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 03:55 PM
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I agree with Drafty, The BO where you are planning to board can answer your questions and could also recommend a good vet and farrier when the time comes. You may also want to use the same ones that the person selling the horse used. The only thing I see that might be a problem is if the BO does not have an empty stall when you are ready to buy. You may need to keep your new horse where he is or find a temporary boarding situation until space opens up.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 06:19 PM
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I think it is great you are planning ahead. It gives you time to interview many possible boarding barns to get your questions answered. What goes for one barn may not be the same at another so you will need to compare. It is also possible that the BOs that you meet may know of good horses for sale as well.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 06:56 PM
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Firstly, I would set up a meeting withe BO of the barn in question. There, you will likely sign whatever liability papers are necessary, learn of any wait (though most boarding facilities do not have them), and find out what papers are required. Almost all barns require a current coggins, but everything else (heath cert, vaccination records, etc) varies from location to location.

This is also a great place/way to find out about a farrier/vet. Any BO worth their salt (is that a term?) will certainly have some recommendations for you. Best of luck!
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 07:15 PM
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I'm glad to see this post because I am in the same question. It's sort of hard to shop for a horse when you don't even have a home for the horse yet, but it's hard to secure a home without a horse...
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 10:50 PM
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When I was looking for a horse I paid a non-refundable deposit to hold a stall. It was half of the regular board fee. Since the BO didn't have to feed and clean while there was no horse there she still made $$ off the space and I was assured of a place as soon as I found a horse. I was the one who suggested the arrangement. It worked for both of us. It took me 8 weeks to find a horse but I consider the deposit money for the two months to be money well spent.
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-24-2015, 11:14 PM
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Jan--Start barn shopping! Finding a place you really love and with the right facilities can really help things fall into place.
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-25-2015, 03:14 AM
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I would definitely team up with your BO (if you are planning on boarding there) and start asking him/her these questions.

Back when I started looking for a horse, my BO and I were very close through that process. She would go to barns with me to meet and give advice on potential horses and she was right there if I had any questions about the procedures.

As for the vet and the farrier, I am currently using the same people my BO uses for her personal horses. That way, when my BO makes the appointments she can add my horse to the list of ones that need to be seen. It has worked out amazingly so far.
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-25-2015, 05:08 AM
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From a purely practical perspective and based on experience (and I am not implying it is always a negative experience, but...), things sometimes look very different when you speak to the barn manager/owner in advance and later on when you actually have the horse there.

Make sure you communicate what you expect (and understand what is possible in order to find an acceptable meeting point as things are never 100% perfect) in terms of feed type, quality and quantity, manner of feeding (frequency, timing etc.), turnout (alone or with others, types of turnout partners - shoes/no shoes/age/gender, time of the day, length, space per horse, whatever else), cleaning (both box and the horse's coat and/or hooves after turnout), any other arrangement. Meet the actual person who physically cares for the barn where the horse would be housed and see if you are comfortable with him.

Around here there are barns that are within 5km of each other, but the quality is like night and day. The common amongst them is usually the price and that before you start boarding, things always sound good when speaking to whoever is running the place.
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