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Horse Boarding

Stall Boarding

Your horse will enjoy their stall time in one of our premium Priefert Stalls. All stalls are cleaned daily have fresh clean water. We use medium flake pine shavings. Stall horses are fed grain in the morning before turnout and the in the evening when they come in. They also have hay in the evening while in their stall. The stalls we have available are 10 x 12. During the day the horses are turned out with a max of 3 other horses. We strive to keep herd sizes small to promote happy horses. All turn out areas have shelters, heated water, and salt blocks.

Pasture Boarding

We believe in small herd sizes, which consist of 4 horses per turnout/pasture. It helps the owners and the horses. Horses have quality hay available at least 24 hours a day. Dakota Stables knows horses are grazing animals and should have forage throughout the day to promote a healthy lifestyle. All pasture/paddock areas have shelters, heated water, and salt blocks. We also will feed the pasture boarded horses grain up to twice a day if the owner provides the grain. We do this so that the horses can get custom feed and be able to eat at their own pace.

Please call 952-913-3222 for pricing.

Some things to think about when considering boarding your horse.

The first step in deciding where to find a boarding stable for your horse is to decide what you need. Does your horse require stabling or can it live out on pasture with a run-in shelter? Does it need any special care or feeding. And what do you need to enjoy your horse? Would you like access to trails, rings for flat work, equipment for jumping or gaming?

Horse Boarding Quality of Care

Your main concern will be the health and safety of your horse. When you check a stable you'll want to notice:

  • Do all horses appear healthy and content?
  • Is there adequate space for them to coexist without bickering?
  • Is the hay and feed top quality?
  • Are clean water and salt available at all times?
  • Is there a routine schedule of feeding and turnout?

Horse Boarding Safety

All stalls, fences, windows and doors, walls and ceilings should be free of safety hazards. Fences should be sturdy, horse safe and in good repair. There should be fire extinguishers, a phone, a first aid kit for both humans and horses and other emergency equipment on hand.

Horse Boarding Hygiene

Look for things like clean stalls, neat aisle ways, clean troughs and buckets filled with fresh water. The barn should smell relatively fresh, not like manure or ammonia. The barn should be bright, airy but free from drafts (although this will be difficult to tell in warmer months).

Cost of Horse Boarding

For many of us this is the biggest factor in choosing a stable. Boarding fees reflect where the stable is and what the stable has to offer. You have to decide what you can afford.

Boarding Disciplines

If you ride English, you may feel out of place if all the others in the barn ride Western. Or a barrel racer may not feel comfortable and have the facilities available for their discipline in a jumper barn. If you love trail riding, you probably won't be happy in a dressage barn. There are stables that do have boarders with a wide range of interests. Boarders that are interested in one discipline can coexist with those interested in other disciplines as long as everyone stays open-minded and focused on learning and fun.

Training Methods

You might want to consider the training methods you see used in a stable. If you use natural horsemanship methods and like to work your horse in a round pen, you might not feel comfortable working around those who believe strictly in classical methods.

Services Available

Some stables offer many different services. Some boarding contracts will include riding lessons. If not, find out if you can have your own coach or trainer in if you choose to. Extras like blanketing and special feeds may or may not be available. Some stables schedule routine care like blacksmiths, immunizations and de-worming programs. These services will probably be an additional cost beyond your monthly board fee.

Size of Boarding Facility

A smaller, less busy stable may suit someone who likes quiet, alone time with their horse. Bigger stables can be busier, but that can be a plus for those who like to socialize and ride with others.

Hours

Check the hours the stable is open. Can you ride late at night or early in the morning? Is the arena available only at certain times? If you have Monday off and it's your only day to ride, a stable that is closed to boarders on Monday isn't going to work.

Read the Contract

You should read the boarding contract and decide if it is fair and understandable. Don’t sign it unless you understand it and are able to live by it.

To get a sense of the overall environment of the barn talk to other boarders. It is also fair to ask for references from the owner or manager.



DAKOTA STABLES - HORSE BOARDING
30813 IRAN PATH, NORTHFIELD, MN 55057
PH: (952) 913-3222    EMAIL: DONAVIN@DAKOTASTABLES.COM