Boarding

Enter most boarding facilities and you will see horses standing in stalls, lush grass pastures, and private runs. Ah, but not here! Here you will see the following:

1. Empty stalls. Horses need interaction. They need to touch each other and interact in only ways horses do. They need to stretch, run, and move. They need to stretch in the sun, roll in the mud, and doze in the summer rain. We do have stalls, each assigned to a particular horse, but they are only used for feeding, in the case of illness, or for a brief overnight stay during icy wet weather. Otherwise, you will see wooly, muddy, HAPPY horses roaming about outside.

2. Pastures of "red dirt." But horses "need" grass, right? Not so! Lush pastures are like sitting at a huge buffet of high-calorie desserts-- no movement required to overeat! Our entire facility is set up in a concept called a "paddock paradice." Pastures have grass removed and are cut into a chute-type system where horses are pushed round and round the perimeter of the fence. Obstacles and various types of terrain can be added for natural training and conditioning. Small hay piles are placed throughout the chute so that horses are required to migrate along the path to continue to eat hay. This allows laminitic or foundered horses to get desperately needed movement at their own pace while having their diet strictly managed. Also great for horses needing low impact physical rehabilitation, horses that get painful with too little movement, navicular horses, or any horse who just needs some "encouragement" to stay in shape, what we have is a natural, horse controlled exercise system that mimics what horses in the wild would do in a daily search for food. When coupled with a natural hoofcare trimming regimen, your horse can be set up for success!

3. No privacy! We do take horse safety seriously, but we have found that the herd dynamic is an integral part of ANY training regimen and is essential for the mental and emotional health of all horses. Anxiety, aggression, fear, and many other extremes of horse behavior can be improved and often even eliminated with the help of a well-balanced herd. While it is important to be judicious in the introduction of new horses into a herd, those horses who are already at a behaviorally balanced place will help to mold, by their interactions, new horses who are unbalanced. For instance, a horse who is mortified of-- for instance-- gun fire might begin to spook and bolt when nearby neighbors began to target practice. However, the balanced herd will not only refuse to run with the spooking horse, but may go so far as to push that horse out of the herd until he can stand calmly with the group. Thus, we are pleased to encourage our herds' help with horses brought in for any form of behavioral rehabilitation!

The Details...

Our boarding availability is very limited and done on a basis of first-come, first served and severity of need. Preference is given to horses who need rehabilitation or training help so that our doors remain open for rescue intervention at the local level. Cost for board depends on services needed and only full board is allowed. Price range is $175-$350 / month. Please contact us for more information or for how you can develop your own "paddock paradise!"