All horses who come to Epona begin with two weeks of paddock boarding to insure their health and allow them time to get used to their new surroundings. (This is part of our accreditation with Dr. Mike Guerini.). For this reason, we can only take a very limited number of new horses at any given time.
After a new horse’s health is insured, Connie and the owner then evaluate how best to place the horse. Most horses are moved to pasture boarding – placement with a small group of mares or geldings who are similar in size and temperament. Occasionally – usually because of health problems but sometimes because of temperament – Connie advises that a horse remain in paddock boarding for a longer period of time. Even when a horse remains in paddock boarding, he or she gets regular time out in pasture.