Never boarded a horse anywhere but home. Here the stalls are always clean, the horses have 24/7 turnout on 7+ acres of grass for two horses. I never have to drive to get to the barn only walk a couple of minutes out my back door. If a horse needs attention I know it immediately. I can interact with them several times a day. Have a tack room or Ag shop to work on tack anytime it needs it. Never wait for my turn to use the wash rack. And best of all I know my horses are well fed, well cared for and are not cooped up in a stall all day.What is the best barn you've boarded at? What made it so great?
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Yes! I cannot believe the compromises on turnout at a lot of boarding barns. Tiny, muddy paddocks, no big fields, and very limited hours for the most part (though not all are like this). I know of a fairly new stable that has unbelievable stalls and a gorgeous barn... but tiny little individual paddocks for turnout. It just seems like priorities are all wrong - at least for me.Every private barn I've been at the horses get 24/7 turnout, which is the one thing I don't want to compromise on for Nav's wellbeing. Most of the boarding barns I looked at when we moved to Texas only did partial or single paddock turnout. When asking around at a tack shop I mentioned 24/7 turnout was a priority for me and the woman I was talking to said good luck finding that around here, and that her horse got about 2 hours of turnout a day! It may be harder to find a private barn taking boarders, but in my experience it is worth it, even if it is a little out of the way or more self care. But the main thing is go and visit and take a look around before moving your horse there.