The Horse Owner – Stable/Arena owner/Manager Relationship

The Horse Owner – Stable/Arena owner/Manager Relationship

By Dr. Mike Guerini (

This is the fifth and final blog in this series on how we as owners interact with the different professionals in our horse world. Some of these interactions include:

Horse Owner – Horse Trainer

Rider – Riding Instructor

Rider – Clinician

Horse Owner – Veterinarian/Farrier/Chiropractor/Body Worker-Massager

Horse Owner – Stable/arena owner/manager

In the last blog, Dr. Mike discussed the Horse Owner – Veterinarian/Farrier/Chiropractor/ Body Worker-Massager relationships as being critical to the health and well-being of your horse. 

For those who do not have the opportunity to stable a horse at home, the boarding facility is critical for the care and well-being of our horses.  Many times for shows or events, we ride at an arena and have to work with facility managers.  By following these guidelines, you can establish a very positive relationship with your Stable/Arena owner/manager.

Boarding Facility Relationship

1) Understand and follow the rules of the boarding facility.  Those rules are in place for safety of you and your horse and for other stable occupants.  One of the rules is likely to tell you when board payments are due each month.  Be on time or speak to the facility manager if there is an issue.  Do not make them chase you down for your board bill.  If you are trading help around the facility for a reduction in your board costs, make sure to do the work you have committed to for the facility.

2) Appreciate that many times the facility is also home to the family/person that runs the boarding stable so it is important to respect their private spaces/homes.

3) Be respectful of common equipment.  If manure carts and rakes are available for all to use, replace them in the appropriate place after each use.

4) Take care to show consideration for other boarders, their equipment, and their horses.  It is nice to be helpful but do not be intrusive.  If the person you are trying to help does not seem to want your assistance, then leave them alone. 

5) Clean up after yourself both in the arena and around the facility.

6) Keep your personal contact information up to date with the facility manager so that you can be contacted easily if your horse is in need of attention.

7) If you bring your children to the facility, make sure they stay out of harms way and are not disruptive to other boarders or horses.

8) If the facility manager offers to help you by taking care of your horse during veterinary, farrier, chirporactor, or massage/body-worker visits, make sure that the health care professional and the facility manger both know exactly what you want done and that you are reachable by phone during the appointment. 

Riding Arena Relationship

1) Understand and follow the rules of the riding arena.  Those rules are in place for safety of you and your horse and for other stable occupants.  Know where you can tie up your horse and know if you can lunge or do other work with your horse in the arena.

2) Take care to show consideration for other riders in and around the arena. 

3) Clean up after yourself around the facility.

4) Park only in designated parking areas.

5) Make sure that as you drive through the facility you are watching out for riders, horses, and pedestrians.

6) Sign the release of liability that all facilities need to have on file to allow you to participate in events.

As always, I look forward to your additions and comments on this essay.

Dr. Mike Guerini is a clinician, author of multiple Horsemanship books, co-inventor of the Equine Hydro-T and specializes in western performance based instruction and you can learn more about Dr. Mike and his 6 C’s of Horsemanship at Dun Movin Ranch is also home to the Equine Hydro-T (


One thought on “The Horse Owner – Stable/Arena owner/Manager Relationship

  1. “Do not feed, give any treats or fingers to horses other than your own.”

    I had my 5 year old, 5 gaited Saddlebred show mare at a local boarding and training facility and she was feed (several) “maybe 5” peppermints. She had never had peppermints before. I was called from to work to come over see her and was told the vet had been called. I arrived in less than 10 minutes to see her stumbeling with head hanging trying to go down. The vet arrived shortly after me and she was checked and promptly tubed. Luckily a huge gush of peppermint air expelled promptly while barely standing. It was a blessing within 10 minutes all was well. I got the Vet bill and moved my mare.

    Dawn Swope Skywatch Ranch “Soft Hands Horsemanship”

    The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone’s prayers, and the very best place to be is in the hands of God.

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