Choosing a Livery Yard28/09/2016
For a horse owner, it can be very difficult when choosing a yard that is suitable for you, especially if you are a first time owner.
The first thing that you need to decide is what type of livery yard you are looking for. Do you require Full Livery Yard, which means that the livery yard owner does everything for you and you go and ride when you wish? Part Livery Yard, which means the livery yard owner shares the care of the horse with you, normally a package is provided that both you and the livery yard owner agree on, or do you require DIY Livery yard which means that you do everything yourself, you are just renting a stable and grazing.
Once you have decided what you are looking for, you then should think about the facilities that you will require. Many offer a secure tack room, and somewhere to store your feed, but you may want to have an Arena where you can school your horse, you may wish to have off road hacking. One of the most important requirements will be sufficient grazing. Some livery yards offer herd grazing where horses are grazed together, but this does at some point result in horses being kicked etc so you may wish to choose a livery yard that offers individual grazing. You may require your horse to be able to graze all year round, but some livery yards will only offer grazing in the winter months, if this is the case you need to make sure that you have adequate stabling.
Once you have found a livery yard that you like, it is very important to ask the cost of your livery yard. Many will offer a price per month, but you need to ask what it includes, as livery yards will charge for extras, for example does this include the parking of your horsebox, does it include the use of a horse walker.
Finally before making a decision you will need to look at the security of the livery yard. Does the owner live on site? Are all the gates and fences in good condition, and are they pad locked at night. Is there CCTV. Check the security on the tack room, as some insurance companies will required proper locks on the door and also depending on how much tack is in there they will require an alarm.