Cedar Lodge Stables has a wonderful group of year around boarders. Some have been around long enough, I’m not so sure they can’t be called family. They have no set type. Anything from the Intermediate rider that enjoys pleasure riding, and maybe an occasional lesson, to the advanced show rider who takes one to two lessons a week and shows most of the season. Whatever your expertise, you will find yourself welcome here, for our boarders understand that they have one thing in common: their love of horses. It is not uncommon to see a diverse group going on a Sunday mid-morning trail ride together, chatting while they pull manes in the middle aisle, or sitting at Chris’s kitchen table with a cup of coffee. The support they give to each other goes beyond the barn, as many of our non-showing boarders will rally around those that show for our Labor Day horse show, manning the in-gate and the show booth, and everyone will happily celebrate someone’s 50th birthday at Chris’s house.
With all that can be said about our boarders, I think more can be said about our boarded horses. I can say with out hesitation that Cedar Lodge horses are some of the happiest horses in a boarded barn situation. I contribute that fact to the firm conviction of CLS to let horses be horses. At Cedar Lodge we believe that for a horse to be truly happy, they have to be in as natural a state as much time as possible. To that end, we try to give our horses plenty of turn out in roomy group pastures with grazing and playmates, so that horses under our care can get much needed socialization.
Time and time again, horses will come in to our barn from typical boarding barns. Barns where horses are kept in beautiful barns and beautiful stalls. Barns where they are turned out 2-3 hours a day in small paddocks by themselves, or with one or two other horses for their “safety”. Barns where if there is a chance of rain, the horses stay in. When these horses come to CLS, they are unhappy. They are nervous and/or depressed. They have ulcers and stall habits, like kicking, stall walking and cribbing. They lack in personality and they have to be lounged or ridden down before they can be quiet. I can’t guarantee that these horses come to our stable and are miraculously cured, but I can say that I have certainly seen it happen before time and time again. All because of the stupid little motto: Let horses be horses.
Boarded horses are kept in 12×12 box stalls, bedded in shavings. Turn out is done in pastures close to the barn for boarder convenience. To allow the most ease of use, all of our horses are in the barn during the day and turned out at night, all year around, dependant on weather. That allows the horses to get as much turn out time as possible, while still allowing them to be in and convenient for boarding, training and lessons. Since many of our boarders are adults and come to Cedar Lodge after they work, two nights during the week days, Tuesday and Thursday boarded horses are left in through the evening so that no one has to walk out to pasture to catch their horses.
Cedar Lodge year around staff lives on grounds and do most of the day to day handling of boarded horses to insure the safe keeping and welfare of each animal. Most Cedar Lodge boarders live between 30 and 100 miles from the stable. They rest assured that even on days that they cannot make it to the barn their horse will be given the same high level of care as if they were there.
ncludes; grain, hay, all stall care, and turn out. Extra supplements, grooming, worming, hoof care and medical treatment at additional cost. Call for references (269)674-8072