Editor’s Note: Stable Advice is a place
for our readers to offer their advice on some of those uniquely
equestrian problems. These aren’t the questions that you’d normally ask
your vet or trainer. These are questions about horse life, like dealing
with interpersonal struggles at the barn, juggling horse commitments and
“real world” obligations, and generally navigating the challenges of
living in the 21st-century horse world. Think of this as a place to
share advice with a group of your best equestrian friends.
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This month’s question:
I will soon be moving to a new region of the country and I’m looking forward to getting involved in a new horse community. I’ve been searching for a boarding stable and trainer/instructor near where I’ll be living, and the good news is that there seem to be quite a few options. The less-good news is that I don’t know anyone in that area, which means I’m dependent upon looking at farms’ websites or reading the opinions of strangers on message boards to decide which barns to put on my short list. I know that a lot of good farms have bad websites (or no website) and bad farms can make themselves look great online, and people who post online might be biased or not tell the full story. I just don’t know what else to do.
I’m planning to haul my horse with me when I make the move, so I need to have somewhere for him to go right away. What can I do to find a good home for my horse when I don’t have the luxury of visiting lots of farms or talking to trusted people in the area?
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