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What to look for in a Horse Boarding Facility

Updated on June 2, 2011

When you get a horse, you need somewhere to put it! Some pople put it at their house or at a friends house, but most people board a horse. When you board a horse you want nice facilities and kind workers. You want your horse to be happy, but you don't wnt to pay too much! Below I have all the information you will need when choosing a place to bard your horse.

Indoor Arena
Indoor Arena

What a Boarding Facility Needs to Have

 Bording facilities come in all shapes and sizes, but they need basic things to keep you and your horse happy. Here is a list of what a facility should have.

  • A Pasture
  • Stables or sheltered pens
  • Tack Rooms
  • Storage Barn (For food, etc.)
  • Trailer Parking
  • Arena (Indoor or outdoor)
  • On-site Office for the manager

Trail Ride
Trail Ride

Nice extras to look for

Boarding Facilities are even better when you have extras. The little things in facilities make them great, and they are something you should look for. These are very useful and give you a great expirience! I have a list of nice extras:

  • Trails
  • On-site vet
  • Clubhouse
  • Trainers
  • Meeting area
  • Round Pens
  • Wash Rack


Services your facility should offer

 Many Facilities offer nice services that are very useful. It keeps you and your horse happy. Theese services should be sought afer when looking at a boarding Facility. Here are a few that are important:

  • Feeding
  • Turnout
  • Blanketing
  • Stall cleaning
  • Vet
  • Farrier
  • Free Trailer Parking
  • Free arena usage


What a Facility should not have

Some facilities can be real dumps, or have hidden issues. You always need to look out for theese issues. If you find a facility with any issues... say no! Here is a list of big no-no's in boarding:

  • Junk Laying around
  • Neglected Horses
  • Injured Horses that have not been Treated
  • Sick Horses
  • Dirty Arenas/Stalls
  • Dung Laying around
  • Dirt every where
  • Clay or rock ground
  • Unhelpful employees/ Barn Manager


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    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Very comprehensive review of horse boarding facilities, thank you.