When My Horse Lives Elsewhere
- Is my horse's new home considered "full board" (they do everything, I just come out and ride) "partial board" (they do some stuff; I'm responsible for some stuff) or is it simply somewhere to keep my horse but I do everything needed to care for it?
- If I board with a friend or acquaintance, do I have a clearly written contract or agreement spelling out the conditions of my board?
- Is the property safely maintained and well-run?
- Is the property securely and safely fenced?
- Is it close enough to my home to make frequent trips to enjoy my horse?
- Will I have somewhere to ride my horse?
- Is there someone with whom to ride?
- Many boarding stables maintain hours of operation, and are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Is my stable open on those days I am available to ride?
- Does my stable support my type of riding? (An American Saddlebred show barn may not be your best choice if you only plan to trail ride. If you want to pursue dressage, you might feel silly when everyone else does barrel racing. You get it.)
- Is the property owner properly insured?
- Can I afford the monthly board for my horse? (In addition to the monthly fee, there will always also be extras like dewormers, supplements, medication, dental care, vaccinations, hoof trimming and/or shoes.)
- Can I have additional money socked away for the inevitable equine emergency?
- Can I afford the goodies I'll need to enjoy my horse? (Halter, lead rope, bridle, bit, saddle blanket, saddle, winter blanket, fly sheet, fly mask, grooming supplies, an approved riding helmet, proper shoes for riding, and the extra gas and wear-and-tear on my car to get me to the stables and back.)
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