As a boarder in a Co-op you are responsible for your horse each day. Boarders must make sure that their:
- stall is mucked each day.
- buckets are reasonably clean.
- horse is fed appropriately.
- horse receives regular hoof and veterinary care as necessary.
- horse is not stalled for more than 72 consecutive hours.
As a Boarder, you are responsible for the behavior of your horse. If your horse exhibits dangerous behavior and is unsafe for Co-op members, he may be place on restricted handling. (See Dangerous Horse Policy) You, as the Boarder, will be the only person permitted to handle the horse and work towards addressing the problem. If there is no improvement after a set period of time and your horse continues to be a danger to Co-op members, your horse may be asked to leave the program.
You will also be held financially responsible for any damage that your horse causes to the facility.
We can offer your horse a number of care options within the scope of our program. Any care beyond the options described below must be provided by the boarder.
All of our horses are turned out during the day between 7am and 5pm unless there is dangerous weather. Above 40% chance of thunderstorms and below a real feel temperature of 15 degrees, horses stay inside. You may put your horse on “extreme pasture” lists for storms and/or for cold. Horses on the extreme pasture list for storms are turned out regardless of chance of storm unless it is actively storming. Those on the extreme pasture list for cold are turned out regardless of temperature. When the real feel temperature is below 0, we have a locked door policy where all horses are blanketed and no horses may be turned outside. (See Turnout Policy)
Your stall will have a dry erase sign where you will indicate the hay that your horse should receive during AM and PM shifts. We have a grass hay and a mixed alfalfa and grass hay. Our grain is provided by Rowe Nutrition in several formulations. We have a 12% sweet feed, a 12% pelleted feed, EZ Keeper and a senior feed.
Accessories and Blanketing
On your door sign, you will also be able to note any accessories that your horse should wear either indoors or out. You may request that the shift workers apply fly spray, sunscreen, a fly mask, boots etc. This will include the blanketing specifications for your horse based on the temperature.
The Horse Care Manager worms all of the horses in the barn every two months. We rotate between invermectin, fenbendazole and pyrantel pamoate. If you would like to worm your own horse, you can speak to the Horse Care Manager who will provide you with the paste.
All of our Schoolies are shod and trimmed by local farrier Dave Johnson. The Horse Care Manager will announce when Dave will be coming and give boarders the opportunity to sign their horses up. Boarders are responsible for letting the Horse Care Manager know when their horses need hoof care. The Horse Care Manager will hold Boarder horses for the farrier so long as they are reasonably well behaved, but boarders are welcome to hold their own horses if they so choose. If you would like to use a different farrier, please review the Outside Professionals Policy and consult with the Horse Care Manager.
Our vet, Dr. Lance Alexander, operates out of his clinic, East River Equine, only 20 minutes away from our barn. The Horse Care Manager schedules regular appointments at the beginning of the year for fall vaccines, and teeth checks and at the end of the year for spring vaccines, Coggins and health certificates. Those appointments will be announced ahead of time and you will have the opportunity to let the Horse Care Manager know what your horse needs. All horses are required to have standard fall vaccines. (See Health Policy) If you would prefer to have your vaccines done before arriving, please consult with the Horse Care Manager.
The Horse Care Manager serves as a liaison between boarders and Dr. Alexander to schedule appointments as are necessary throughout the year. Unless there is an immediate emergency and the Horse Care Manager cannot be reached, you are asked to contact the Horse Care Manager before calling Dr. Alexander.
So long as you wear a helmet and do not jeopardize the safety of others, there are no riding restrictions for Boarders. You are welcome to use either arena, including the jumps, and the trails. You are expected to courteous and thoughtful when sharing the ring with other riders and must ask the instructor before riding in the arena with a lesson. If you would like to take lessons from an outside instructor, please review the Outside Professionals Policy and consult with Barn Staff.