Horses are beautiful, strong animals that require large stalls and plenty of space to roam and run throughout the day. Perhaps you want to own your own, but you don’t live on a farm or don’t have enough time to exercise him or her each day. You might consider horse boarding Easthampton MA. Boarding facilities offer care and a safe space for your friend that allows you to visit on your own schedule. The key is to find the right one.
Decide What’s Important to You
Consider what you and your horse needs of a boarding barn. Do you want trail access or an indoor exercise arena? Do you want to bring your own feed? Consider what your horse needs as well. Social horses may need an open stall where he can see and “speak” to his neighbors often. Sensitive horses may need more space away from others, though.
Consider the Cost
How much can you afford to pay for horse boarding services? Remember to consider hidden costs as well, such as unlimited hay, private areas, and the cost of fuel to get to and from your barn. Keep in mind that you should choose one close to your home if you intend to visit often and need to keep costs down.
Visit Several Options
Before making a decision, visit several of your top choices to tour the facilities, meet the staff, and ask questions. Find out whether someone is onsite 24 hours a day, who cares for the horses each day, and how they can be reached. You’ll also want to ask about included services, which services cost extra, and what the turnout schedule is. Other questions you might ask include how much storage space your horse gets for its equipment, whether you can bring your own trainer to the barn, and whether the facility hosts events that prevents boarders from using facilities at any time.
Above all else, go with your gut feeling. Remember, too, that horses are intuitional creatures. Even if you like a facility, you may want to reconsider if it seems like your horse doesn’t.