Not everyone wants to, has the space, or can afford to keep a horse at home, in which case boarding is an attractive alternative. Monthly boarding fees vary considerably, depending on the facility, location, and services offered. Typical monthly board costs average $500 per horse, but they can range from $100 to upwards of $1,500. Some options are as basic as do-it-yourself pasture board, while others are full-service facilities offering everything from farrier services to training.
“The advantages of a boarding facility include the availability of a riding arena, possible access to adjacent trails, and meeting new people,” reports Camargo. “There is always someone looking after your horse and doing daily chores.”