Boarding Conditions & Contract

Because of the fact we live on the property (and this is our HOME not just a business),we have become picky over the types of boarders we want here at our home. Over time we have come to realize EXTREME boarders do not fit in well with our ‘horse keeping’ practices. Frankly we are not in this for ‘the money’. We ENJOY providing these horse related services to people who ENJOY their horses.

Somewhere between neglect and pampering is good sense horse care.  We firmly believe horses need a standard of care. Horses need their hooves trimmed on a reasonable schedule. Horses need regular vet and farrier care. Horses need exercise and healthy food, occasional grooming, reasonable shelter and fairly safe environment. Being domesticated animals boarded horses also need a certain amount of attention from their owners (people). However, we also believe HORSES ARE MEANT TO BE HORSES. They can be out in the rain, they do not have to be fed at the same exact time every day (on the hour on the minute). Small scratches, squabbles in group turn out, sun fading and being dirty are a healthy and acceptable consequence to a normal ‘horse’ life-style.

We believe healthy horses can and do adjust quite well without being pampered, coddled or living better than the average human does.

Please review our boarding contract in PDF format. We invite potential boarders to come out to get a feel for the atmosphere, environment and standard of horse care practices we use. We are more than willing to provide contacts/references from previous and current boarders.

Boarders who prove to be irresponsible owners (not paying their bills on time, not providing proper care per NC state laws, or using extreme handling or training techniques), or bring unnecessary drama, will kindly be asked to leave. Boarders who expect care standards above the services we offer CAN be accommodated BUT WILL BE CHARGED according to their wants/needs (individual turn out or altered turn out schedule, special feed/hay needs, special blanketing / fly sheet, soaking feed, sunscreen, etc).

Horse owners / Boarders should have a certain level of experience, confidence and common sense to allow them to carry out such tasks as; go out in the field and safely retrieve their horse, ride or handle the horse in the company of others, handle their horse safely under normal circumstances, understand common horse farm etiquette like closing gates/doors, not tying your horse to inappropriate objects, etc. If owners show that they are inexperienced to a level that they put themselves, others or other’s horses in harms way, or do not understand the basics of horse care, those boarders may be required to take some basic horsemanship lessons.