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Choosing the Right Livery Yard

28th April 2009, 19:45

One of the most important decisions a rider is faced with is which livery yard to choose. This is where your horse will live and often where you will ride most so it is very important that you choose the best one for you. This article will guide you through choosing the right livery yard for you and your horse.


The first step is to decide what kind of livery you want. This can be made easy be simply thinking of what you would like to do with your horse. Some livery yards are better for people who like to compete every weekend and some are better for people who like to just hack out and socialise. Once you know what you want to do with your horse choose a yard with the facilities, services and atmosphere to match.


Next it is time to think about the details: how far do you want to travel and how much do you want to pay? If there are a lot of things you and your horse require from your yard you may have to travel further. Similarly you may also have to travel further if it is important for you to find the best prices. There are lots of options when it comes to cost. Livery type will be a factor as will which facilities and services are included and which are extra. Always remember to check this!


Now you have narrowed your search down it is time to get to know some of the yards in more detail. Email or phone the owner/manager to see how they see their yard. If possible ask other clients of theirs to find out what they think. If all sounds good arrange a visit where you can see the yard in action, check the standard of the facilities and upkeep, and meet some of the other riders and their horses.


You should definitely see more than one yard; even if the first one seems just right a later one may be better! When you're about ready to make a decision make absolutely sure you know all the details and read all the small print. You need to know what services are included and what extra ones cost. You also need to know any rules a yard may have, just in case.


Follow these simple rules and you be able to find the perfect yard for you and your horse.


The place to go to find all the information you need on livery yards is EquiFind. Here you quickly and easily search for livery yards by facilities, livery type, keywords and location. EquiFind yard listings include all the information you need plus pictures, contact details and even directions.