Horse Barns: Signs of a Good Barn

Do you need a new place to house your horse? You could always research horse barns by looking on the internet, viewing various equine directories, or searching tack shops for information. However, the best way to find them is to do your own research, visit a few stables and talk to others who are renting barn space for their horses.

Obviously, there will be personal preferences that influence your decision such as the barn location, the trainer in charge, available riding services, riding disciplines, social possibilities, prices, hours and stable rules; however, make sure that you make your final decision based upon the needs of your horse. Look for a quality stable that can take good care of your horse's needs. Look for signs of a good barn.

Basic Shelter
Horses need basic shelter that is clean, dry, and properly ventilated. The stalls must be free of debris and offensive smells. Each stall should have adequate amounts of space, feed, hay and water. Please note that it is imperative that there is a pasture or paddock for exercising. Also, ask how many other boarders are present. Crowded horse barns are not beneficial.

The stable should take precautions to keep all horses safe. Make sure there aren't barbed wired or raggedy fences that are in need of repair. The fences must be strong enough to keep horses in and predators out. Also, what does the stable do to keep horses protected from predators, insects and other pests?

How does the stable secure the premises? Is there a 24 hour automated security system available? If not, is there always someone available to manually take care of the horses?

There should always be an adequate amount of feed, hay and water in each stable stall. Make sure the stable uses a quality brand of feed. Also, ensure that the hay does not have mold or mildew. Ideally, the horses should have a pasture for grazing.

Medical Care
Be certain that the stable provides health care for the horses. Are the staff doctors qualified? Does each health care provider meet your standards? Also, what types of inoculations are required? Horses need to interact with other horses, but they should not interact with other unhealthy horses.

All in all, it is your responsibility to take care of your horse. Whenever this is impossible to do on your own, renting barn space is the next best option. He needs shelter, exercise, food, water and the ability to interact with other horses. Locate a safe and secure stable that has all of these qualities, and he will have a happy new home.