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Boarding at the Sanders Ranch


We are primarily a boarding facility and most of our focus centers on the care and well being of your horse. We live on Horses grazing at Sanders Ranch the premises and have done so since May, 1983. We are here most of the time, in that, both Kim and I work and live here. We try to run a 'Mom and Pop' operation (with help from friends and family) but run it well and, as a result, we have enjoyed a solid reputation for 'Quality Care' for many years. We have our own horses here too and treat yours as well as we treat our own. We limit our facility to our clients and their guests. We do not lease horses by the hour (although we do LEASE horses by the YEAR), nor do we invite the general public for lessons or any other activities. We are not a 'show barn', although some of our boarders do show their horses. We tend to attract a variety of clientele, mostly adults, people from all walks of life. Interestingly, a large segment of our boarders are 'Baby Boomers' that always wanted a horse when they were children and can now afford one... it is their pet, companion... strong bonds form and it becomes a rewarding experience for them. These are the people that tend to stay with us the longest. In the 18 years we have been here, we have never missed a feeding. We have taken vacations, but trusted and knowledgeable people have been left to operate the facility and stay in our house. Lastly, we have from 2 to 5 foals born each year. For the most part this is not a profitable venture as we pay the stud fee, raise, train, feed, inoculate, worm, etc. But, we have found that it is an aesthetic attribute to the place. Many of our clients look forward to each foal being born and watching them during their first week and watching them through various phases.


Boarding is by the month with a 30-day notice from the 1st of the month required. We do not publish rates here as they are subject to change. Please CONTACT US for further information.

We feed every morning at about 5 AM and every evening at 5 PM. We do not have field board. Full board includes up to 3 lbs of 'sweet' feed at each of the 2 daily feedings (6AM and 5PM). Additional feed is available at additional cost. It also includes 20 lbs of hay per horse in the winter. The hay is stored in a separate barn, 100 feet away from the other barns, a significant safety feature for the horses.

We have about 50 stalls for boarding. These are 12' x 12' box stalls in two separate barns. Since we have plenty of room, all horses are turned out in the spring, summer and fall unless they are injured or in isolation. Turnout in the winter is left up to the owner. All new horses coming in must have a current coggins and will remain in one of our isolation fields for 2 weeks during which time it may not come in contact with any other horse.

Boarding facilitiesThe horses have the run of the place, which is split roughly in half into 2 pastures of approximately 50-60 acres each (the rest being forest shelter). We believe firmly that the mares and geldings should be allowed to be together and try to allow the 'herd' to be what it would be if it were in the wild. We find that we have dominant geldings and dominant mares and the herd is very stable. The only instability occurs when we introduce a new horse which, depending on the new horse, is either uneventful, or it takes a week or two for the new horse to find its place in the pecking order. All new horses coming in spend 2 weeks in isolation, and then we put them in a field that allows them to touch noses over the board fencing for a few days before it is allowed to run free with the herd. We do the same thing with our foals. They spend a while with their dams in fields away from the herd, then we put the dam, the foal and that dams dominant gelding or mare in a field next to the herd for a while, then we put them all back together again. This makes for a very natural environment for all the horses, as it is most similar to what they would experience we they not so domesticated. We believe that this also contributes positively to their mental a physical well-being.

We rotate our pastures and chain harrow the just vacated pasture for parasite control and sound pasture maintenance. We worm all the horses at the same time, again for parasite control. We worm 6 times per year and vaccinate 3 times per year. We use Ivermectin every other wormer with Panacur and Strongid in between. We vaccinate for Rhino, Rabies, 4 in 1 (tet/flu/ewee), Potomac Fever, Strangles and booster the Flu and Rhino. And, of course, a coggins is drawn on every horse once per year. The owner bears this expense but we handle it in a clinic fashion, thus significantly reducing the cost to the owner.