For the average horse owner, deciding whether to board your house or build a stable can be a challenge. Each has their own unique set of responsibilities and benefits, and making the right choice is important for every horse owner.
Boarding your horse:
Advantages: Choosing to board your horse means that you have the benefits of owning a horse, but have more flexibility. You are able to take vacations and travel without having to hire someone to come take care of your horse. Boarding ensures they will be fed and taken care of at all times. By choosing to board your horse at a stable, your horse is always being watched by people going out and about in the stable. Your horse will be around individuals with lots of experience in caring for horses, and odds are a medical emergency would be spotted much faster than if you were the sole caretaker for your horse. Another benefit of keeping your horse at a stable is the opportunity to meet fellow equestrians. By visiting a stable, you have many opportunities to meet fellow horse-riders and socialize.
Disadvantages: The main disadvantage of boarding your horse, is you have limited time you can see them. You have to adhere to the hours and schedule of the stable you choose to keep your horse at. Depending on where you live, the cost of boarding your horse can be very high. You also have to adhere to the rules of the stable, and have less privacy with your horse.
Building your own stable:
Advantages: Many horse owners who choose to keep their horses at home find that being able to look out the window and see their horses, or simply walk out to their barn makes them feel much happier and closer to their horses. By choosing to build your own stable at home, you are the sole caretaker for your horse; All maintenance responsibility falls onto your shoulders. Building your own stable means you can choose the size and specifications of your stable, and customize it to your heart’s content. You are in charge and get to choose when to feed, wash, and care for your horse.
Disadvantages: Taking care of your horse is a huge responsibility. Because you are your horse’s main caretaker, you are forced to sacrifice some of your flexibility and need to plan your schedule around taking care of your horse. Travel and vacations may become more difficult due to having to hire someone to look after your horse when you’re away. You also must account for the cost of building a stable.