Many horse owners have their own place to board a horse, but many either do not have the space or prefer to board their horse where others can help tend to their needs. Choosing your farm carefully is important for you and your horse.
- Visit the facility, show up for a scheduled appointment, but also just drop in unannounced.
- Observe the conditions of the other horses, barns and employees.
- Inspect the stalls, fencing, windows and doors and look for fire extinguishers and safety hazards.
- Make sure hay, feed, clean water and salt are easily accessible.
- Ensure that all the horses are required to supply record of Coggins test, vaccination record and deworming.
- Choose a location that is near where you want to ride, not necessarily where you live. Whether trail riding or round pens, riding Western or English, barrel racing or jumping; facilities should match your goals.
- Don’t be afraid to ask other owners for their opinions and experiences. You can even ask for references.