The ideal place for your horse is close to home, but that’s not always possible. Here are some ideas of what to look for when stabling your horse.
- Cleanliness is very important to your horse’s health. Are the stable stalls cleaned out daily? Does the stable smell relatively fresh? Is is bright and airy without being drafty?
- Horses can become bored which can lead to unwelcome behavior. A horse should not be confined to a stall, preferably just overnight or in really bad weather. If you are not able to exercise your horse daily, is there a paddock or field where your horse can safely roam? Are the fences in good repair?
- Is the cost of feed included in boarding fees? Do you want to provide your own feed for the horse?
- Is clean water and salt always available for your horse?
- If medications and/or supplements are necessary, can the stable be trusted to see that the horse gets them at the proper time and proper amounts?
- Is the stable structure safe without any hazards to your horse?
- Are they prepared for any emergencies that might arise? Does the stable have a fire extinguisher, First Aid Kits, a phone and anyother emergency equipment?
- Are the stalls safe enough that horses can’t cause injury to one another?
Of course cost is always a factor, but don’t skimp on the health and safety of your horse.