There comes a time in a true horse lover’s life when they want to learn to ride a horse. Maybe they even want to own a horse. So the first thing you want to do is find a solid location to fulfill these needs. That is when the process of choosing a horse barn comes into play.

Horse barns are some big operations, so naturally there are many factors that play into making an ideal place to keep or train with your horse. We need to look at the big picture as well as analyze the little things that go into making a great horse barn. Let’s take a look. 

Quality of Care

When you look at a horse barn, the first thing to be looked at is how the horses are cared for. A horse barn can really only be as good as the horses it keeps, so it’s best to take a day or two to check out the operations of a given barn. What are the horses being fed? What are their living conditions in the classic equine horse stalls? How often and at what intensity are they trained and used for riding. These are all great questions that should be going through your mind at all times when surveying a potential horse barn.


The ones in charge of the barn should know a thing or two about horses, wouldn’t you say? If there is great ownership of a barn, then you can be sure that your horse will be taken care of well. It’s good to see if the owner knows his or her share of how to care for and train horses. If you know more than them it’s not a very good sign. Always take ownership into account and make sure you are comfortable with training and keeping your horse there. 


For horse owners, the facilities run hand in hand with quality of care. But sometimes, we may want a smaller barn and some people may want a state of the art horse barn. It all depends on your preference. Know what you are looking for in a horse barn before you go looking.

If you love riding, it goes without saying that you should be looking for the most well rounded tracks and training grounds. Figure out which facilities will make you a better rider, and which will train your horse the best in the long run.

Other Factors

Some other things to consider are factors such as location, on site medical services, and the surrounding area. Is the barn in a convenient location? How is the weather there? Is there a top notch veterinarian on site at all times? What is the surrounding community like? Is the place always free of debris where our partners at can help?  Always try to take every factor into consideration in your decision.

Usually when someone chooses a barn, they make a long-term decision. While we aren’t choosing a husband or wife here, this is very important for the future of your horse and your riding career, so choose wisely out there!