Vacation Checklist for Horse Sitter

Sometimes you just need to get away, so you’re leaving your horses in the hands of a horse sitter you trust. Here’s a checklist of what to provide that sitter so she can keep your horses safe.

Make sure your horse is safe while you’re on vacation. Photo © Vicuschka

Your contact information. Leave a note in the barn, specifying the best way to contact you while you’re away.

Veterinarian contact. Provide your vet’s contact information just in case an emergency arises.

Emergency contact. This is contact information for someone other than your vet or yourself, in case neither of you are available.

Feeding instructions. Make sure your horse sitter knows everything there is to know about feeding your horses. Tip: leave your feed and supplements pre-measured in zipper-closed plastic bags.

Farrier contact. This is in case one of your horses pulls a shoe while you’re away.

Horse behaviors. Give your horse sitter a heads-up about your horses’ behaviors—especially any abnormal ones

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