Top 7 Tips for Staying at a Horse Motel

Are you planning a long-distance trip with your horse that requires an overnight stay? Use these seven tips to make your experience finding and staying at a horse motel easier.

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Tips for Staying at a Horse Motel
When choosing a horse motel, look for one where your horses can move around, lie down, or even roll, such as in a pen. | Photo: iStock

If you’re not familiar with the horse motel concept, these are places where you can board your horse overnight while traveling. Some, like our Sweet Pepper Ranch in Southwestern Idaho, also offer B&B options for humans, creating a comfortable, safe place for both horse and owner to overnight. Our guests include people who are moving households, going to or from college, traveling to shows, or just heading down the road with their horses for an adventure.

As a proprietor of a horse motel and having spent 15-plus years traveling to horse shows out West, here are my suggestions for making the traveling-with-horses experience easier for all.

1. Use your resources.

Rely on word of mouth when you can. Turn to friends, social media, and veterinarians or other professionals for recommendations on travel routes and places to stay with horses

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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