Dear COTH members, lend us (My horses & myself) your wisdom and experience.
What we expect & hope to find, someday in a boarding facility:
Regular feeding times, within a reasonable window daily.
Stalls cleaned daily, at regular hours which are reliable.
Plenty of quality hay with little to no dust or mold.
Regular turnout, with plenty of quality hay when the grass is dead.
Clean troughs and water buckets, which are checked/ filled daily.
Checking for shoes & alerting owner and/or farrier if shoes are off.
Checking for injuries and alerting owner/ treating/ calling vet as necessary.
Adding, removing or changing blankets in a manner consistent with weather.
Either putting bell boots on/ off or turning up/ down to allow feet to dry when horses are in.
Handlers whom turn horses around when leading into field & stall for safety.
Fields which are maintained, including safe fencing & mowing at appropriate times of the year.
Somewhere safe to hack out off property for fun.
Arena which is drug at least 3-4 days a week.
Bonus: A place which hoses muddy legs or picks feet! I worked at a barn as a kid which always picked feet when the horses came in. Haven’t seen it since:lol:
A non crazy trainer whom doesn’t have a heart attack when people move jumps. :winkgrin:
Where do you board? What are the pros and cons? How far from DC?
Thank you in advance… I’m new to the area and having trouble finding a place to board.