Once you’ve found a stable to board your horse, you’ll want to avoid making rookie mistakes that will create drama between you and the owner. This is quite an unnecessary situation that can easily be fixed with the right knowledge so here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with a hassle-free yet successful horse boarding.

The contract

Firstly, don’t put yourself in a vulnerable state by being happy with a verbal contract. Request for a written document if it is not given to you. In a general contract you can expect to find information regarding where your horse will be kept, what he will be fed, your expenses, facilities you may use, vaccinations required, safety rules and most importantly, how emergencies are handled. Read this thoroughly and don’t be rushed into skimming through. Also make sure the owner has up-to-date contact information so you can be contacted if there’s any emergency.

Pay on time

 Select horse-boarding according to your budget so you’ll be able to pay your bills on time. Your money is what they use to buy hay, food and other amenities for your horse. To prevent important supplies from not being bought, it’s up to you to pay responsibly.

Don’t borrow

Don’t use another’s equipment without express permission. Similarly, mark your own equipment with your initials so you’ll know if it goes astray. There are also certain equipment that you’re better off not sharing at all. For example, using brushes across different horses can at times give way to fungal infections!

Clean up after yourself

Close the doors and leave the lights on/off as instructed. Sweep up after yourself after grooming and make sure to clean up any manure your horse leaves behind as well. Also don’t forget to store your equipment away rather than leaving dangling reins or lead ropes lying about. These are essential requirements of any boarder.

Extra necessities

 If you have extra necessities that your horse needs, for example zilco horse rugs, make sure to use them appropriately on chilly days and have them removed a the right time. If you can’t make it, see to it that someone at the stables understand what your horse needs and when he needs it before you leave.

Prepare for extra care

Extra care such as veterinarians, farriers or other practitioners will of course cost you extra so it’s best that you have this saved up for an emergency. The owner will not see to this on his own unless something has been arranged in the extra care section of your contract.

Handling other people’s horses

This is a strict no-no. Handling includes everything from shifting them to a different stall, to petting, grooming and giving treats. Even if you feel like the respective horse needs to put on or remove a blanket, there’s still a proper protocol that must be followed lest you stir up unnecessary drama between the fellow boarders. You need to get direct permission from the manager or horse owner before making any changes.

These are the main tips on successful horse boarding. If you feel like it’s just not working out and there’s something off with your horse, then just give the owner the required notice and move out.

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