The first step when you decide to find a stable for your horse definitely is deciding what you actually want. Ask if your horse requires stabling in the first place or if it may live on a pasture with run-in shelter. And does it require any special feeding or care? These and many others should influence your choice for a stable. This article discusses how you can find a good stable for your horse.
Quality of Care
Your major concern will be the safety and health of your horse. Therefore, when you check a stable, you will need to notice the following:
- If all horses look healthy and content
- If there’s enough space for them to co-exist peacefully
- If the hay plus feed are of top quality
- If salt and clean water are at all times available
- If there’s routine feeding schedule
All stalls, windows, doors, ceilings and walls ought to be free of safety hazards. For instances, fences should be sturdy enough, horse-safe and in good condition. There should be other things like a first aid kit for both horses and humans, fire extinguishers among other emergency equipment.
Check things like neat aisleways, clean stalls, clean buckets and trough filled with fresh, clean water. The barn ought to smell relatively fresh, and it should be airy and bright, and free from drafts-though this might be hard to tell during warmer months.
For most people, this is the biggest factor they consider when choosing a stable. Boarding cost reflects what the stable has to provide. You should choose a stable you can afford.
You may need to take into account training methods you see being used in a stable. When you employ natural horsemanship methods, and like working your horse in a round pen, then you may feel uncomfortable working around those who strictly believe in classical methods. Here are some training methods for you to decide your preference.
Some stables provide various different services. A number of boarding contracts are going to include riding lessons. When not, you should find out if you may have your own trainer or coach in if you decide to. Extras such as blanketing plus special feeds might or might not be available. A number of stables schedule routine care such as immunizations, blacksmiths and deworming programs. The services probably will be extra cost beyond the monthly boarding fees.
A smaller and less busy stable might be appropriate to a person who likes quiet and time alone with their horse. But bigger stables may be busier, and this may be a plus for those who love to ride with others and socialize.
Check the hours which the stable is open; whether you may ride early in the morning or late at night. Or if the arena is only available at certain times.
Read the Contract
You should carefully read between the lines and decide if it’s understandable and fair. Do not sign it unless you fully understand and is comfortable with it.