Livery arrangements

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A brief guide to finding livery stables - types of livery available and questions to ask.

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Livery arrangements

  1. 1. FINDING A LIVERY STABLES<br />Upper House Farm Stables, Nr Godalming, Surrey<br />
  2. 2. What sort of livery do you want?<br />How much assistance do you need?<br />How much time do you have?<br />What facilities are important to you?<br />What can you afford?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Before you start...<br />
  3. 3. Tack and feed shops<br />Internet:<br />Google search<br />Equestrian forums e.g., Saddle-Up<br />Magazines e.g., Horse & Hound<br />Yellow pages<br />Recommendations from other riders, trainers, farriers and vets<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Where to look<br />
  4. 4. Part<br />Full<br />Schooling<br />DIY<br />Grass<br />Competition, backing, rehabilitation and holiday livery are outside the scope of this guide<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Types of livery<br />
  5. 5. Who is responsible for the yard? What is their experience?<br />Where will your horse be stabled?<br />Will he be turned out every day?<br />Is the turnout in groups? How big are they? How are new horses introduced?<br />Is individual turnout available, if needed?<br />What hours is the yard staffed?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />General questions to ask<br />
  6. 6. What do the yard feed and when? <br />Is haylage an extra cost?<br />Are there any restrictions e.g., access times, visiting trainers?<br />What are the policies on:<br />Bringing new horses onto the yard <br />Worming<br />What are the arrangements for Christmas/ New Year?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />General questions to ask<br />
  7. 7. What it is you want – type of livery and level of support<br />About your horse – any vices, quirks and special requirements<br />About you – happy hacker, serious competitor or somewhere in between<br />About your quirks – what is non-negotiable?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Things to tell the yard<br />
  8. 8. Yard generally responsible for all day to day care e.g.,:<br />Mucking out<br />Feeding<br />Rug changes<br />Turning out / bringing in<br />Owner generally grooms, cleans tack and rides<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Part Livery<br />
  9. 9. Part livery differs from yard to yard<br />Check:<br />Does the yard groom the horse?<br />Do they pick out feet daily?<br />Is the service 5 or 7 day?<br />How many bales of bedding does livery include?<br />What feed is provided?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Part Livery<br />
  10. 10. All owner has to do is ride<br />Yard generally responsible for:<br />All day to day care<br />Grooming<br />Tack cleaning<br />Exercising<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Full Livery<br />
  11. 11. What exercise will your horse receive (hacking, schooling, lungeing, long reining)?<br />How often will he be exercised and by whom?<br />What say do you have in what he does?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Full Livery<br />
  12. 12. Full livery plus the yard will school or re-school your horse<br />Who will ride him?<br />What work will he have?<br />How many days per week?<br />What do you want him to achieve and by when?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Schooling Livery<br />
  13. 13. The yard provides the facilities<br />The owner is responsible for the care of the horse and provision of feed, hay, bedding<br />What facilities are available to you? How much storage?<br />Do you have to buy feed/ hay/ bedding from the yard?<br />What assistance is available, if any, to cover holidays, illness etc?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />DIY Livery<br />
  14. 14. For field kept horses<br />Is there a stable available, if needed?<br />Is there shelter in the field?<br />Is hay/ haylage provided in winter? Is that an extra cost?<br />Are the yard facilities available to you?<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Grass Livery<br />
  15. 15. Make sure all of your questions are answered<br />Ask for and read the livery contract<br />Ensure the livery contract sets out the services you have agreed, including any special requirements<br />Let the yard know what your horse is fed, when he was wormed, shod and vaccinated<br />Breathe!<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Before you arrive<br />
  16. 16. We occasionally have spaces available for full or part livery. With 12 years at The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, our yard owner, Andy Pinner, is a safe pair of hands.<br />Contact us on 01483 208 126 for further details or find us on Facebook.<br />UPPER HOUSE FARM STABLES, GODALMING, SURREY TEL: 01483 208 126<br />Contact us<br />

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