How to Board Horses

You have the horse. You have the passion, but you don't have the space for it! Boarding your horse is a safe alternative to keeping your horse when you don't live in a rural community.


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    Know your needs. Some barns have large training facilities to work with their clients and their horses. Some only have employees to keep the horses' stalls clean. Others require the owner to care for the horse; know what services you will require.
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    Find a place to board. If you plan to visit your horse often, find a boarder close to your home. Ask people who board or have boarded horses in your area to recommend a good barn. Search for a facility that fits your needs.
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    Inspect the barn. The arena should be of good quality, with good, soft footing. The stalls should be large, well-lit, and cleaned daily. There should be no sharp edges or broken boards; these pose a serious threat to the safety of your horse.
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    Meet with the head of the facility. Get to know the manager, and ask questions about other horses, stall reservations, and whether the barn uses a single veterinarian and/or farrier for all of the horses. If so, it may be a good idea to research their reputations; not all farriers and veterinarians are equally sound. Ask what hours the barn and, if applicable, other facilities will be open, and on what days.
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    Know the average fee to board a horse in your area, and know how much you would be willing to spend. Ensure that all fees have been agreed upon before your horse enters the barn. Ask what will and will not be billed to you, including any extra fees due to your horse's special requirements.
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    Warn the manager of any behavioral issues your horse may have. If he is dangerous, then special precautions may be necessary when organizing horses to be turned out to pasture.
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    Notify the barn of any special needs. If your horse has special needs (feeding, medical condition, etc.) make the health adviser aware of your horse's problems. Give them instructions from your vet. Note that you may be required to provide your own supplies if feed, medicine, etc. differs from that used by the barn.


  • You should have a stable payment to pay for your horse.


  • Listen to the testimonials of other horse owners in your area; boarding facilities with poor reputations should be avoided.
  • Take care to inspect all aspects of the facility before agreeing to keep your horse there.

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