Horse Boarding Barn Best Practices
How to run a tip-top horse boarding operation, from health considerations to communication tactics
Four horses stand in crossties, boarders fluttering about in various states of tacking up while chatting with one another about the weekend ahead. Two boarders are already outside—one longeing, the other schooling a pattern. One of the barn staff is repairing an outdoor waterer as a hay delivery truck, now empty, heads down the driveway.
In the midst of all this activity, the horse boarding farm owner and manager calmly tucks the checkbook in one back pocket after paying the hay guy and takes her phone out of the other to answer a boarder text about the farrier’s impending arrival.
Indeed, running a horse boarding operation is a balancing act—one of keeping the barn environment pleasant and safe while remaining organized and professional
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