Monday, June 10, 2013
Find the right boarding facility
We moved out horse tonight to another boarding facility. It was hard moving him. He was in a wonderful barn where they took exceptional care of their horses, but our Indie needed to get out more often and unfortunately do to the amount of horses in the barn they were unable to turn him out daily.
When you are looking for a boarding facility what do you look for? Our first priority is safety first for our horse and child. We also look at the condition of the facility. We want to make sure he barn is well kept and the horses there are taken care of. An indoor arena is a must. Living in Oregon the weather is unpredictable and if we had an outdoor arena only we'd only ride about 4 months out of the year. Because I have a young daughter the environment is very important. I want to make sure the other boarders and the owner is respectful and there is limited drama.
I did a little research on what to look for when researching a boarding facility. I found an article which laid everything out. There were things I never thought of for example the type of riding done in the barn. Maddie shows Pinto and she had a hard time relating to the kids in our old barn because they were all 4-h kids and didn't understand the importance of practicing.
For anyone looking for a facility here's the link to the article I found:
It's exciting to make changes and scary all at the same time. I know our move is the best thing for our Indie, but its always hard leaving things behind especially the wonderful people we met and formed relationships with.