Different Types of Livery Yards and Services

A livery is a place where you can board your horse. There are different options based on the permanency and the level of care needed from the livery owners. A livery is a great place for people to board their horses if they live in the city or do not have stables of their own. Liveries are called different things and the type of livery options are also called different things in different parts of the world. The basic idea stays the same.

Full livery/ Full board

This type of livery involves taking care of your horse in all possible ways. This is the most expensive option and is usually only used by very busy people who have the funds to do so. A full livery means that they feed, groom, exercise, etc. your horse daily. Your horse gets a stall with the full turn-out and someone else makes sure that he gets all the necessities. This type of boarding does not require you to visit the horse daily.

Part livery/ Part board

This means different things at different liveries. The one means that you don’t own the horse but pay for boarding at a livery. Someone else may then own the horse and you pay them a type of ‘rental fee’ to ride the horse and exercise it. You will likely not be the only that rides the horse. The second thing it could mean is that you own the horse and it is fed and its stall is mucked for you, but you still have to exercise and train it yourself.

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Self-care livery/ Self-care board

This type of livery supplies the facilities and you as the owner do the rest. So, your horse has a stall and a field to use. You are responsible for everyday care including feeding, mucking, providing the food and filling water, exercising, training, being there for veterinarian visits, etc. This is usually the cheapest option if you own your horse but it is also time-consuming. It works well if a family has a horse in a livery and can take turns to take care of the horse.

These are the three main types of liveries you can find. You can learn more about the types of liveries here and here.