Turnout is individualized, ranging from four hours (half day) to eight to twelve hours (all day or overnight). Most horses in the lower barn have individual turnout. Horses stabled in the upper barn are turned out in groups of 2-3. Summertime turnout is at night for most horses, but a limited daytime turnout is available. The summer schedule begins Memorial Day weekend and ends when temperatures drop below 40 with rain. Wintertime turnout is daily, although horses are kept in for temperatures below 40 with rain, freezing rain, icy conditions, a wind chill below 0 F, or heavy snow. Horses are required to wear breakaway halters when turned out. Halters, fly masks, and grazing muzzles are removed when horses are returned to their stall.
Tack room space is limited. Generally, each horse has space for one saddle, one bridle, and one grooming box. Storage for tack trunks will be accommodated. All personal items and tack MUST be labeled with either owner or horse’s name. Management is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property.
Blanketing is primarily the responsibility of the owner. Blankets must be properly fitted and waterproof. Management will provide blanketing service for infrequent, sudden extreme weather changes at no charge. However, should frequent changes be necessary, a fee will be incurred (see fee schedule).
Each horse’s diet is individualized, and a plan will be determined upon arrival. The diet can be altered as necessary in consultation with management. Feeding times are approximately 7 am, 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm. Hay is fed at these times to horses in their stalls. Hay is provided outside in turnout enclosures when grass is sparse or covered with snow. In general, grain, along with any supplements provided by the owner, is fed at the 7 am and 3 pm feeding. Horses with specific dietary requirements can also receive grain at the 11:30 am and 7 pm feeding time. We refer to these times as “morning” feed (7 am), “midday” (11 am), “pm” feed (3 pm) and “snacks” (7 pm). Water is checked at each of these times.
Management along with Allegheny Equine Associates will coordinate the de-worming program. Quantitative fecal counts and judicious use of de-wormers are done primarily in Spring and Fall. Horses are identified as low shedders, high shedders, and resistant. Each category has an individualized treatment plan determined by the veterinarian. You will be notified of your horse’s category.
Spring and Fall shots are mandatory. Each owner is free to choose a vet service of their choice for this aspect of care. Upon arrival, each owner will also indicate their vet of choice to be used in an emergency. It is the responsibility of the owner to schedule the vet for non-emergent care. It is highly encouraged to be present when the horse is being seen. Special arrangements must be made with management if you can not be there for a time-consuming process, such as a lameness evaluation.
Horse emergencies will be handled with the utmost attention. Every attempt will be made to notify the owner and the owner’s vet of choice. However, management reserves the right to contact the first available vet and/or transport to a vet clinic if the need is urgent. The horse owner is 100% financially responsible for incurred expenses, including transport to a veterinary facility if necessary.
Medication administration, wound care, dressing changes, and other miscellaneous services done by management may incur a fee. Fees will be determined prior to providing service.
Horse transportation is available to owners at a fee settled prior to transportation, based on the distance and time requirements. The usual charge is $1.00/mile and will be divided among multiple horses.
Owners are allowed to use any farrier and ancillary care providers (equine dentists, massage therapists, chiropractors, etc) of their choice, provided all barn rules are followed. Management reserves the right to deny access to the barn to any such individuals they find objectionable.
Management reserves the right to refuse service to anyone and to terminate service with reasonable notice to anyone. Management values owners with congenial, cooperative, and positive attitudes. Negative energy, abuse of animals or people, and intentional disregard for rules will be grounds for dismissal.