While many horse owners throughout Utah and the Wasatch front prefer to keep their horses out in pasture for the warmer months, most opt for indoor boarding once winter weather starts to appear.
If you continue to ride throughout the colder months, you’ll likely prefer a stable that offers a covered or indoor riding arena. Allowing your horses to reside in an enclosed stall will also reduce your grooming time, letting you to spend longer hours in the saddle.
Boarding at a local horse stable that is close to your home or office is also a bonus during the inclement months, as you’ll be able to drive out to your horses with less danger. Remember that roads often become slippery when it snows, or even when damp and the temperatures drop below freezing. Adding a long commute can be risky and just downright unpleasant.
Here are our top recommendations for happy and affordable boarding solutions, depending on your location in the greater Salt Lake area:
North Salt Lake:
D & M Stables, located adjacent to north I-215 near the Legacy interchange.
Owner Dick Bowden can be reached at 801-550-5247 and lives on-site, so you can be assured of your horse’s safety, quality care and well-being.
The facilities include a round pen with lighting for after-dark sessions, an indoor arena, a walker and two outdoor riding pens. Choose from an enclosed stall or spacious mare-motel accommodations for horses that prefer a more open environment and views of their equine neighbors.
Casual, fun and relaxed, this stable is trainer-free; ideal for experienced horse owners who just want to enjoy their horses on their own schedule. You may occasionally bring in a riding coach for occasional lessons, with the owner’s permission, or work with one of the expert horse people who are part of the D & M family.
Horses are provided with plenty of quality feed (usually an alfalfa/grass mix) on a reliable morning/evening schedule. Fresh, clean water is always in their ample water buckets and stalls are cleaned and supplied with lots of fluffy dry shavings once each week. The current cost for board is very affordable at just under $300 per horse.
South Salt Lake:
Vista Farms, located near Bangerter and 9800 S in West Jordan.
Contact barn owner Stephen Allred for availability and visit the Vista Farm website for more information. The stables feature on-site management to provide safe round-the-clock horse care and supervision.
This playful environment features a round pen, an indoor arena (adjacent to the enclosed indoor stalls so you don’t even have to drag your horse through the weather to ride!) and a large outdoor riding pen. Choose from either the indoor stalls or a small 12 x 12 mare-motel style pen.
Vista is known for its active, fun ambiance, with plenty of activities for its family of friendly and welcoming boarders. (Move in by December 1st to enjoy their famous Christmas party). With riders of all ages and varied experience levels, this barn is great for kids and the perfect learning place for adult beginners. Kind, quality on-site trainers and riding instructors give horse owners ample opportunities for affordable assistance.
The equines boarded at Vista are fed twice a day and water containers are filled daily as well. Owners are responsible for cleaning their own water buckets. Stalls are cleaned 6 days a week (perfect for maintaining your horse’s healthy, thrush-free hoofs)! New shavings are added weekly as well. The current cost for board ranges from an affordable $290 per horse in the mare motel to $330 for a spacious indoor stall.
West Grantsville area:
Pegasus Event Center is found on Race Street in Grantsville. See their website for directions and additional details. This is an easy trek out I-80 or 201 for those travelling from West Salt Lake. It’s an ideal location for horse owners who live in Tooele County (Erda, Stansbury Park, Tooele and Grantsville).
Managers Jaime and Evan Topham have years of equestrian experience and they live on site.
With wide open spaces and acres of land, Pegasus may well be a horse’s paradise. It’s quiet and peaceful, with a round pen, a huge indoor arena with pristine footing and two large outdoor riding pens (as well as all those open fields for playful gallops or leisurely hacks across the countryside).
Choose from spacious indoor stalls, very roomy outdoor paddocks with partial shelter (there is typically a waiting list for these), a small open multi-horse paddock with shelter, or pasture boarding.
Riders who prefer to do their own training as well as those who wish to enlist professional assistance* will feel equally at-home at Pegasus. *Jaime Topham is herself an experienced instructor, specializing in English disciplines. Iso Vernon and Bob Toomer also visit the facility regularly and are available for horse training plus rider instruction.
Horses stalled at Pegasus are fed twice each day, in the late morning and late afternoon. Stalls and paddocks include a large water trough. Indoor stalls are cleaned 5 days a week and the outdoor runs, if available, can be cleaned for an additional fee (or owners are welcome to clean their own outdoor run). Current boarding costs are VERY affordable at $200 per horse in the outdoor accommodates or $325 for the large and lovely indoor stalls.
If you’re thinking of bringing your horses indoors for the winter, now is the perfect time to find your ideal accommodations. Don’t wait long to call, as Utah’s boarding facilities fill up fast in the cooler months.