If, like many horse owners, you are unable to care for your horse on your own property, then you will need to search for a boarding stable that can house your horse and give him the daily care that he needs.?
The first thing to do when looking for a new boarding facility is to make up a list of needs, for both you and your horse.? Once you have your list, you can begin your search.? Don?t just check the local yellow pages – talk to other horse people such as owners, vets and farriers.? They will likely be able to refer you to places, and may even have inside knowledge as well.?
Once you are ready to start visiting farms, the most important thing to keep in mind is your horse?s health and safety.? When you are touring a potential barn, be sure to check for clean and dry stalls, well ventilated barns, a good insect control program, clean water buckets, and stalls and paddocks that are free from dangerous debris. Find out what kind of feed you can expect your horse to get, and also what the turnout is like.? Try to talk to other boarders if possible, as they will likely fill you in on the pros and cons of the stable without much prodding.? Do the horses there look happy and in good condition??
Finally, when you are ready to make that all important decision, go over the contract with a fine toothed comb.? Be suspicious if the barn doesn?t have a contract ? this could result in board fees being raised or even you and your horse being evicted without warning.? Finding a new home for your horse may seem like a daunting task but with some patience, planning, and a lot of common sense, you?ll find that special place in no time.