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Horse Articles :: 5 Tips for Finding a Horse Stable
Tips to Finding a Horse Stable
Many horse owners find the task of choosing the best horse
stable for their horse boarding needs quite overwhelming.
It can be very stressful for your horse when changing boarding
stables, so the ideal situation is to find the best fit for
you and your horse from the start. There are many points to
consider. Some of them are listed here:
When you first visit a prospective boarding stable, take
very special care to check out the disposition of the
horses that are already boarded there. Talk to other owners.
Don't be afraid to ask them if they have any worries or
concerns. Find out what the turnover rate is at the stable.
You have every right to ask. A high turnover rate should
raise red flags.
Be aware that each horse has different feeding needs.
For example, if your horse does hard work like galloping
and/or competing for a couple of hours a day, he/she should
be fed a ratio of around 40 grain to 60 roughage. However,
if he/she does no work in a day, only roughage but no
grain is advised. It's crucial to find a stable where
the person in charge is knowledgeable about, and is willing
to cater to, your horse's individual feeding needs.
When researching the different boarding stables, don't
forget to ask about their turnout routine. Having a good
turnout regime can make a huge difference to your horse's
mental and physical state. Horses, just like people, need
social interaction. It is very important for him/her to
get a chance to go and play with other horses.
For your horse's health and safety, as well as his/her
warmth and comfort, the stall bedding is also extremely
important. Poor quality bedding can have a critical effect
on your horse's health. For instance, if the bedding is
wet there is a strong possibility that your horse could
end up with thrush in his/her feet. Using wood shavings
as bedding is highly recommended because, as well as being
easy to keep clean, wood shavings don't support fungal
spores and they make a very comfortable bed.
While exploring your different boarding stables options,
another very important consideration is that the manager
or owner lives on site. For your sake, as well as your
horse's sake, it is essential to be sure that the person
in charge is knowledgeable and will check on your horse
frequently. If there were to be an accident in the stall
or if your horse suddenly got colic, there needs to be
someone on hand to notice promptly and to be competent
enough to deal with the situation.
In conclusion, the very best advice you can have when looking
for a new place to stable your precious horse is to ASK QUESTIONS.
Talk to all the people you know in your local horse world.
Word of mouth is a powerful thing and any disreputable or
unfavourable information about any stable will surface quickly
while rave reviews will be freely given to the best boarding
stables in your area. Ask the questions so you can choose
the perfect boarding stable for you and your treasured friend.
Author Resource:-> Vicki finds her horse boarding needs
very well met at the M&M Connemaras Farm in Langley, BC. Come
and learn more at http://www.mandmconnemaras.com