If you have the luxury of having your own land, then you don’t have to worry about this. However, if you don’t, lodging or renting a boarding stable is something you have to think about.
Depending on the stable you choose, there may be different levels of boarding offered. Most stables providefull-care,pasture, andself-care boarding which can range from $300 to $5,000.
Full-Care Boarding — Monthly Average Rates: $300-$700:When you choose a full-care boarding option, the stable will provide your horse with a stall in the barn as well as a field for turnout. The staff will attend to all the daily needs of your horse, which can include: feeding and watering, blanketing, stall cleaning, and applying fly spray.
Pasture Boarding — Monthly Average Rates: $150-$400: This is when you pay a barn to keep your horse in one of their pastures, meaning it will be out in the field 24/7. The staff will still cater to your horse’s daily needs but it will not be as personalized as full-care boarding.
It’s a great pocket-friendly option for those who don’t like their horse to be stalled all day—being outdoors will allow it to graze, get exercise, and maintain their circulation. One caveat to pasture boarding is that you will have no control over how your horse adapts to being in the pasture 24/7—if you happen to have a sensitive steed, they might catch unexpected illnesses.
Self-Care Boarding — Monthly Average Rates: $100-$200:Self-care boarding is when you pay a stable to house your horse but you are required to attend to all the daily needs of the animal. To put it simply, you’re only renting space and nothing else.
This is another budget-friendly option to consider if you have a lot of free time on your hands to provide care for your horse. It may be hard work, but it’s also an opportunity to form a unique bond with your pal.