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Horse Boarding 101

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From feeding to watering and mucking stalls, caring for horses is a full-time job. As a result, many busy horse owners who can't care for their horses at home have to pay to keep their horses at a boarding facility. Boarding barns are businesses that house and care for horses that belong to clients, but horse boarding costs can vary significantly depending on the services provided and amenities available.

Cost to Board a Horse

Horses are a lot of work. Even those who spend most of their time in the field require consistent care and dedication. If you don't have the time to do it all yourself, it won't be cheap to pay someone else to do it.

Horse owners typically either keep their horses at their own property or pay someone else for the use of their property at a private or public stable. The prices of horse boarding may seem expensive, but the high costs associated with caring for horses and running a boarding facility mean that many facility owners make a minimal profit.

What is horse boarding?

When you board your horse, you house him at another individual's property for a fee. Horse boarding is similar to rent. Some boarding facilities have paddocks and fields where horses spend most of their time outside grazing on forage.

Other facilities have indoor stables and riding arenas available for boarders to use. The price to board your horse will depend on the amenities you want your boarding facility to offer, the living situation that your horse requires, and the level of service provided by boarding barn staff and caretakers.

Why Do Prices Range So Much?

Some horse boarding facilities offer a dry stall, which means that you pay only for the use of a stall or paddock. Dry stall boarders are still responsible for whatever feeding, mucking, watering, and exercise their horse needs.

Many show barns or full-service boarding facilities offer full care services for an additional fee. Horse owners who pay more for full board can skip the barn for a couple of days with the peace of mind that someone is always looking after their horse.

What Type of Boarding Facility Should I Hire?

Advanced competitors in any discipline require special training facilities, such as arenas with jumps, barrels, or obstacles. For example, a cross-country rider may need to board their horse at a particular facility with access to a dressage ring, showjumping fences, and a cross-country field. Otherwise, they have to trailer their horse every time they train.

When choosing a boarding barn, it is essential to assess your goals and find a facility suitable for your level and the type of riding. If you are a recreational trail rider, or someone looking to retire an old horse in a pasture, you will probably pay less because the facility may only need fields or indoor stabling.