What To Look For In A Boarding Facility

          Adopting a horse can be very exciting, and I am sure you can't wait to bring him home!  However before choosing a barn or other boarding facility, there are several things to consider.  So get your checklist ready to make sure things go as smooth as possible for you and your newest family member.

Inspection:

          As you go through the different facilities in your area; and you should always check a few at least; make sure you walk the property.  Look for signs of loose fencing, or open gates.  How easy would it be for your horse to escape?  Yes, I know your horse won't run away, but lets just say he wants to try to broaden his horizons a bit, does he have an escape route?

          Look at the paddocks, make sure there is dry ground for him.  You don't want him running through a mud pit all day, he needs to have dry feet just like you.  Also check to see if there is food nearby, such as hay or grass.  If he is going to be in turn out for a few hours he will want to graze, that is what horses do!

Pasture Board:

          If you are going to pasture board, how much room is there to roam?  You want to make sure that there is adequate space for all the horses that will be out there.  How many horses are in the heard? And what is the temperament of the horses that your horse will be living with.  If your horse is alpha you want to make sure that there is not another alpha he will have a power struggle with.

Stall Board:

          If you are going to stall board, check to see how often stalls are cleaned, how often the horses are fed, who will be in charge of both.  Also check to see the turn out schedule, you want to have your horse out of his stall as often as possible, he is a large animal and needs to stretch those big legs of his.

          Also check with others who board or have boarded their horse there, what do they like what do they hate.  Make sure to get the barns vet and farrier information also, and check to see how often they come to the barn.

          This is just a short list of basics to watch for, I know it may seem like a lot of work, but horses are a lot of work.  They are a huge commitment on every level, and adopting one is a decision that should not be taken lightly.  It is a commitment of at least 15 years, so make sure their home is an excellent one.