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Your Horse Barn - DVD
Equipping Your Horse Farm
Your Horse Barn DVD
Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage
Horse Housing
Equipping Your Horse Farm
Stablekeeping

     How much does it cost to board  horse?  The term "board" is quite broad and variable and can include any or all of the following items which are listed from essential to full care:

  • Water
  • Salt
  • Grazing (paddock or pasture)
  • Hay (quality and type of hay will be a factor in price of board)
  • Grain (amount and type will be a factor in price of board)
  • Pasture turn out?  individual or group?  Daily?  Type and maintenance of fences?
  • Pen turn out? individual or group? Daily?
  • Shelter, type
  • Run with shelter
  • Stall 24 hours a day
  • Stall with turnout
  • Bedding (type of bedding will be a factor in price of board)
  • Stall cleaning, provided twice a day, once a day, once a week, etc. or does owner provide?
  • Pen cleaning, how often?
  • Blanketing (put on, take off, change for weather, check several times a day for unbuckled straps, etc.)
  • Does stable manager arrange for farrier and vet appointments and meet farrier and vet on those days?

    Also, the type of facilities that go along with "board" will affect price.  This includes use of tack room, wash rack, grooming and tacking areas, riding arenas (indoor and outdoor), round pens, trails, and so on.

    "Full care" facilities also offer additional health, veterinary, and exercise options which could include applying fly spray, picking out hooves daily, arranging for farrier care, deworming and vaccinations,
grooming, exercising (such as turnout, longeing, riding).

    Depending on where you live, it can cost from $25 per month for group pasture turn out with no supplemental feed to over $500 per month for full care.  If you shop around you will find that you get what you pay for.  The best way to find out what is the best value in your area is to chat with current boarders, both satisfied and dissatisfied.

    

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