Boarding your horse is like finding a babysitter for your child. I’m sure you wish you could do all the care yourself, but sometimes that’s just not an option. You’re either short on time, land, or amenities. Boarding can be a great alternative for equestrians without acres of land in their backyard. Before you sign the contract though, make sure you thoroughly do your homework!
Top Tips for Choosing a Boarding Barn
Fits in your budget
Clean, well-maintained facility
Experienced staff members
Safe fencing in paddocks
Secure tack room or lockers
Community of friendly people
Place to ride
Good footing in arena
Instructor or trainer
Variety of services offered (such as holding for farrier, grooming, or blanketing)
As you are choosing between the different barns, it is advisable to create a checklist and rank each one you visit. Only you can decide what amenities you need and how much you can afford. Never neglect to consider the care your horse will receive. The barn must fit both of you!