Natural Boarding

Redemption Farm's natural boarding on the track paddock (see Track Paddock page) is ideal for mild hoof rehab cases, barefoot transition, layups, young horses, and retirement.  We specialize in the care of horses with metabolic challenges, such as insulin resistance (IR) and cushings (PPID).

We strive to provide the luxury of full care boarding, with the natural lifestyle of outdoor living in a herd.  Stalls are available as needed for medical emergencies, but are typically only used for feeding twice daily.  The herd stays outside year round with access to two run in sheds and the indoor arena.  We have two stonedust all weather footing dry lot paddocks with run in sheds.  This provides the horses with a dry mud-free environment during the winter.  The main track paddock is being surfaced with various substrates, so it too will have all weather mud-free footing year round.  So far, we have surfaced 2/3 of the main track.  We have also added a larger grass track for those horses who tolerate limited grazing in appropriate weather.

Due to insurance and liability issues, we do not board horses who are currently being ridden.  

Our services are appropriate for a temporary transition period or for retirement boarding.  

Natural boarding includes:

  • Free choice small mesh hay nets in various locations 24/7, filled with quality low starch grass mix hay
  • Customized diet with mineral balancing (see Diet page)
  • Monthly maintenance hoof trims
  • Blanket changes (if provided by owner)
  • Fly protection (if provided by owner)
  • Holding for vet or trimmer (outside trimmers welcome)
  • Routine fecal checks and deworming as appropriate
  • Medicating as needed (provided by owner)
  • Special requests can be accommodated

Long term retirement boarders will receive regular grooming and attention.  

Updates and photos are sent to owners at their desired frequency.

Owners are responsible for vaccines, dental care and other veterinary expenses.  

We live on site with a direct view of the main track paddock from the house.  Horses receive twice daily checks and feeding.  Paddocks and sheds are cleaned twice daily, hay never runs out, and we have a heated automatic waterer.

Horses without metabolic problems may also be turned out on our grass pastures and track infield.  We are careful to only allow strategic grazing during times when the sugar levels are lower, based on weather patterns and pasture management.  We are working on creating healthy diverse pastures with more native plants and variety of shrubs and herbs to browse, which is a more species appropriate diet than fertilized mono-culture improved grass for fattening cattle.  

Horses must be barefoot or in composite shoes only; no metal shoes are allowed.  This is partly due to metal shoes being in conflict with our goals, partly for the safety of the other horses, and partly for the horse's own safety since we use low hanging small mesh hay nets, which are not safe for shod horses that may paw at them and get a shoe stuck on the net.