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:
(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)
turn out? individual or group? Daily? Type and maintenance of
- Pen turn out? individual or group? Daily?
- Shelter, type
- Stall 24 hours a day
- Stall with turnout
(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?
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,
(such as turnout, longeing, riding).
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