There are times when your horse may need to go to a boarding stable or ranch. You may be going away, unable to care for your horse daily, or you love the idea of owning a horse but don’t have the space or resources to stable a horse. Whatever the reason there are some essential things to look for when boarding your horse. There are some boarding stables around that offer similar services. Before selecting your boarding stable make sure you run through our checklist so that you have all your bases covered. Depending on what state or country you live in will determine what health and safety regulations exist.
So here is the Abler Boarding Stable Checklist:
Will your horse be stabled at night?
How much exercise will your horse get during the day, and is there a program?
What are the vaccination requirements for boarding horses?
What does the weekly/monthly fee include and exclude?
Are there discounts for multiple horses?
What protocol do you have in place if my horse needs a veterinarian or Ferrier?
How often can you visit?
What turn out options are there?
Does the owner or a caretaker live onsite in case of emergencies?
Does the stable have an updated fire safety plan in case of emergency?
Are the stables and grounds well maintained and clean?
One of the most important things to factor in is your gut feeling. You will immediately get a feel for the owners/ manager, stable team, and facilities. If you aren’t 100% certain that it is the right boarding ranch or stable for you, then keep looking. It may take a few visits to several stables before you find the one for you. Treat this interview process as you would when choosing your doctor. Ask your fellow horse enthusiasts, friends, a veterinarian who they recommend. Try and get five recommendations to check out.
A great stable won’t mind what time you come by to check them out. They will want you to see how they operate at any time of the day. It may be disconcerting to know that you can only go at a certain time in the day as that is when the stables get mucked out, etc. Take your time when touring the stables and pastures. Check the health and well-being of the other horses stabled there. Are there too many out to pasture than stables? What happens when it rains, snows, thunderstorms, etc.?
Seems like endless questioning but doesn’t your horse deserve the best? You want to feel assured and confident that the money you are paying each week is getting everything your horse deserves and hopefully more. Picking the closest or easiest option isn’t going to make you feel secure when you wonder if your horse is getting all the attention you would normally provide it yourself.
One final check we recommend, ask about insurance. Check that your chosen stable has insurance coverage in case of damages or accidents. If you have a private equine insurance policy, let your insurer know that your horse will be going to a boarding stable or ranch. This way if there is an accident and you need to claim vet fees from a new vet or third party claim your insurer is up to date. A time-saver down the track.
Best of luck searching the right fit when it comes to Boarding Stables and Ranches. Always trust your instincts. A happy horse is a priority whether they are there for a few nights or it’s your permanent stabling option.