A very smart and well thought-out approach to a neglected subject! You LOVE your horse so now set him up for success by asking the right questions before you sign the boarding contract. Nothing else will matter if you don't get your horse's living environment right for his specific needs.
This book gives you very concise and systematic questions to ask regarding what your horse needs for optimal health & well-being and his specific personality. A boarding stable can look gorgeous on the outside but it doesn't mean the care is good - in fact it might even be harmful to your horse. This book will open your eyes to what horse owners want in a boarding stable and EQUALLY IMPORTANT is what barn owners and barn managers can provide.
Do you know what to look for in a boarding stable for your horse? Would you recognize a bad situation or poor horse care if you saw it as you toured a stable? The truth is most horse owners do not know what to look for or the right questions to ask UNTIL they have had something bad happen to their horse. I can't stress enough how important this book is if you are going to board your horse. This book also includes many real life horse boarding stories and experiences from different people in each chapter that bring this book to life and completes this book with solid sound advice.
This book addresses the horse's environment and how it can affect his behavior. If they are stressed at rest, then work is only going to raise their anxiety! This major factor is often not even considered when looking for a boarding stable only because it hasn't been talked about in detail until now! If you are a horse owner than I encourage you to get this book and start looking at horse boarding in a whole new way. This book is easy to read with straightforward and honest questions and answers that will open your eyes to boarding stable practices. After you read this book your knowledge is going to equip you to make smart and informed decisions when it comes to choosing a horse boarding stable and help avoid a mismatch for both you and more importantly your horse.
IT WILL NOT MATTER if you have the best trainer or most expensive saddle and tack if your horse is stressed out due to his living conditions!! If he is not getting enough to eat or can't get to the hay because he is on the bottom of the pecking order in the herd, or is constantly being chased down, then lessons, training and other activities will never be as good as they could be because he will not perform at his best. If he is limited on water due to it being frozen or not topped off then you are compromising his health and well-being. Your horse deserves the best care and it begins with his home.