Horse Boarding and why you should

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When people think of boarding most assume it is because someone who desires to own a horse lacks the property and facilities to appropriately house a horse. While that is a very good reason to board, it is not the only reason.

A lot of people get into horses without fully researching or understanding how much care is involved in general day to day horse husbandry. Day to day, means at the minimum, twice a day, every day, 365 days a year! Many individuals are unable to dedicate that much time or do not wish to dedicate that much time toward horse ownership.

A horse’s dietary needs are specific to their age, work load, conditioning, etc… Individuals who lack the time or the ability are good candidates to board their horse.

Horses are sensitive to their surroundings and need appropriate care and handling. They are far more complicated to care for than small animals. It goes much deeper than just having a barn and property for your horse to graze on. The person responsible for the horse needs to be able to recognize abnormal behavior and their causes, be capable to realize if the horse is “off”, colicing or otherwise in need of medical care and what to do until it arrives.

Even if only for a few years to work with a trainer, take lessons and gain first hand knowledge, boarding is an excellent option.

Boarding at Old Mill Farm has many advantages. There are knowledgeable staff caring for your horse. We have been doing it for our entire lives! A trainer, instructor and farrier are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our reputation is well known both in our local area and our chosen breeds. Old Mill Farm participates in local activities and fundraisers. Daniel Lepley is a farrier with clients in a three state radius and a trainer with clients from all over the country. Vonnie Lepley instructs and her students are placing in the top of their classes.

In three years of showing on a national level in Gypsy Vanners, Old Mill Farm has been in the championships in all but one show. In showing Drum Horses, we have placed in the championships at every show.

Old Mill Farm offers many services beyond that of other boarding facilities. Discounts on brand name national products, blanket washing services, discounts on professional services (training and lessons) and more!

If you have any questions about Old Mill Farm’s services or boarding, please do not hesitate to contact us! You may call the Stable manager at 724-437-3707 ext 364 Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or on Vonnie’s cell phone 724-322-0326.

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