Horse Boarding and Training
Horse boarding and training facilities offer a variety of services for horse lovers. Their stables are kept clean, horses are given time outside in pastures to graze when weather permits, and are trained by professional instructors for sport. Large ranches provide full service boarding and training lessons for riding, jumping, and dressage. Clients with a competitive streak can train their horses for equestrian shows in Western and English styles. Turnout and training lessons vary by price and instructor.
Since horses do not like to be kept inside, boarding facilities must have outdoor areas for horses to graze. In addition to giving horses shelter, many facilities have trails for their owners to ride on, provide riding lessons for all ages, and host equine shows. Each boarding and training facility has their own list of services that they provide for horses, including having stables for rent. Information on services is available online or by speaking with an employee.
Equine boarding and training farms hire employees who enjoy working with the horses. Some hire instructors for day camps with children who are interested in learning how to ride and care for horses. Employees clean the stalls and provide maintenance work when needed. They may prepare an outdoor arena for an upcoming show the facility is holding. Others provide information to horse owners who are interested in taking out a lease for one or more of their stables.
Horse trainers often start as an assistant to a trainer to learn how to get horses to break bad habits, and horse psychology, personalities, and health. They work to establish a strong show record to show potential clients. Trainers must be prepared to get hurt while on the job and must teach riders the way to behave around a horse to decrease the chances of getting badly hurt.