My problems that I can think of so far:
• It doesn’t snow here so I have no idea how to prepare or care for a horse in those conditions (apparently I’m not allowed to have heated stables, not allowed to move them to somewhere warm for the winter and absolutely not allowed to bring them inside haha)
What time of year are you planning to arrive in Ohio? If you can arrive around April/May, then would have some time to get acclimated. Why would you not be allowed to have them in a heated barn in winter? A LOT of barns up north like that have heat.
• My horses are not stabled ever let alone for an entire season – are kept out in their paddock all year round. Dealing with that change for them and me.
You can have your boarding situation include turn out on nice days/nights and only inside when the weather is either really foul or exceptionally cold. I try to keep my horses out 95+% of the time.
• Obviously plants and weeds are different – I have no idea what is dangerous and what isn’t.
• We don’t have coyotes, bears, mountain lions or any other man-eating monsters – how do you survive out there.
Most wild animals out here are very shy. If they are not shy they are either starving or rabid. That reminds me, have your horses vaccinated for Rabies before you come over.
• What is boarding?? What are the rules??
Agistment. The rules are set by each individual barn. I'll put mine on here so you can see some that are fairly typical but they'll vary from barn to barn.
• I have no idea what the laws are regarding horses and what are the rights of owners
Most laws pertaining to horses just define a minimum standard of care. There are laws that vary from state to state about how a barn can handle debt collections for back board. Some states are very strict and detailed and others not so much.
• Where can you ride without getting eaten by the above monsters.
Really, most places you ride you won't see anything of concern. We also mostly ride in groups out here so you're not likely to be alone with no help.
Dreamcatcher Horse Ranch LLC
1. Stable is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. only, 7 days/week.
2. Boarders must make appointments to visit their horses after hours.
3. Shoes/Boots with heels are required for all boarders and visitors. NO EXCEPTIONS.
4. Helmets are required for 18 years and under ALL OF THE TIME.
5. NO DOGS allowed on premises.
6. Turn lights off when you leave an area.
7. NO SMOKING OR CHEWING TOBACCO, PERIOD.
8. NO drinking of ALCOHOLIC beverages on any part of the property associated with the stables.
9. Keep the aisle clean of tack, brushes, halters, hoof pickings or manure. If you or your horse put it there, clean it up.
10. ALL vehicles must be parked in designated areas.
11. No visitors allowed in stalls. Boarders may retrieve their horses from the stalls and properly tie their horses for visitors to pet. No outside riders permitted.
12. No visitors allowed in pasture. Boarders may enter the pasture to retrieve their own horse, ONLY.
13. Boarders may not handle any other equine than their own, without prior approval from management.
14. DO NOT FEED your equine. If you believe your equine needs its rations increased, please notify the Barn Owner. This doesn’t apply to feeding your horse(s) treats that you bring from home.
15. Do not give treats to any equine other than your own unless you have written permission to do so on file with the stable.
16. Do not ride or handle your horse without proper safety equipment. THE STABLE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE for any accident, injury, and/or death occurring on premises.
17. DO NOT RIDE on properties not designated as allowed riding areas. All property surrounding the stable is private property and you will be trespassing if you ride on other property. The stable WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE for any fines and or jail terms for trespassing on posted or non-posted properties.
18. Always mount and dismount outside.
19. No running or yelling in the barn or courtyard, especially when horses are present.
20. No bicycles or motorized vehicles in the barn.
21. Do not tie your horse with your reins. All horses are to be tied in the designated grooming areas with a lead rope and halter.
22. Turn horses out in pastures only, no turn out in the arena.
23. There are no tack lockers provided. If you wish to leave any equipment or tack, please furnish your own locker and lock. Otherwise, please take all equipment home with you when you leave each day. Stable is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
24. All injuries, accidents and damages must immediately be brought to our attention.
If you have any questions, see the Barn Owner.