My Order of Top Boarding Priorities in a Barn
- Horse Care – I of course want my horse to be very happy when I can't be there. Due to my random schedule, I needed someone who would be able to muck stalls and etc every other day or so for me if I wasn't able to get out to the barn. I wanted the exact care I would be giving him. He needed a lot of special care due to skin, so that was a major thing. He needed someone out there every day.
- Price –I needed a place that was fairly cheap, but still nice. I don't want to pay for board and then not be able to afford anything else. My boarding fee is $125 a month. They provide feed.
- Facilities - The stalls needed to be roomy because Red is large and he tends to want to move a lot in the stall. I needed a round pen and trails near the barn. I didn't care about an indoor, and I don't have one. No dangerous fencing, a little of barbed wire is fine, but not all over the place. Roomy pastures. No holes in the ground for Red to step in, etc. Places to ride safely.
- Other horses - No stallions unless they are in a completely secured pasture and separate. Not that I dislike stallions, but I didn't want my gelding to be bullied more than he had to. As long as they were not mean, biting and etc horses, I was fine.
- Location - I couldn't really board at a barn over 30 minutes away or else I wouldn't get there often. I found a place three miles away, which was completely ideal, but I almost boarded at a place about 35 minutes away. I needed to have the ability to get to the barn at least every other day.
- People – I had to get along with these people, I'm there VERY often and they are almost always there when I am. I would've rather there be older people there, older than me because I tend to get along better with people older than myself. :)) I have a very good relationship with the people there and that was a must!! I really wanted the people to have a similar point of view on horses and riding so we didn't clash and argue about stuff like that.