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MD Horse Industry Board Licensed stables - importance?

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  • MD Horse Industry Board Licensed stables - importance?

    In my hunt for a new place to board my guy, this resource was brought to my attention: http://www.marylandhorseindustry.org/Stables10.htm (thanks GGDHR!). It lists all of the stables in the state of Maryland licensed to operate as boarding/showing/lessons/etc stables. The farm I'm currently at is licensed. I noticed, however, that at least one of the farms I had planned to go look at is not licensed. How big of a deal is this? From the description on the website, it seems like a mighty big deal, especially for large facilities who advertise themselves as breeding and show barns. Should I completely ignore these farms, or go check them out anyway and inquire as to their licensing?

  • #2
    Personally, I feel it is a significant thing. In my mind, it indicates several things, including the farm's attention to detail, the ability to track state inspections / rules compliance for things like manure management, the ability to track for infectious diseases. If the farm can't be bothered to attend to the requirements of this law, how many other things will they think are "not important" ... things that might compromise health and safety?

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    • Original Poster

      I'm leaning that way too. It's just disheartening because about half my list has farms who are not licensed. Unless they are operating under a different name... which seems weird to me. I'm still wondering whether I should question these places, or save my breath, since I'll probably be fed a bunch of excuses...


      • #4
        Not a big deal to me. Having been there through some of their inspections, all they do is look around and make suggestions- Personally, I think I can look around at a stable and be a pretty good judge of whether or not I think it looks safe, the horses are well cared for, etc

        Mostly I just think its a revenue thing for the state
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        • #5
          Hmmmm....... interesting. The barn where I board is licensed and inspected annually(?). The certificate is posted right on the wall in the barn and our barn isn't listed on the website, so it makes me wonder how accurate the list is. Maybe you can check with the barn owner and see if they are licensed.


          • Original Poster

            That's a good point as well, anita. The government is always good at being inaccurate, lol.


            • #7
              Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post
              Not a big deal to me. Having been there through some of their inspections, all they do is look around and make suggestions- Personally, I think I can look around at a stable and be a pretty good judge of whether or not I think it looks safe, the horses are well cared for, etc

              Mostly I just think its a revenue thing for the state

              I agree. Wouldn't concern me.


              • #8
                The Maryland Horse Council's list is only as good as the information given to them, so more than likely, it will never be 100% accurate. I second what anita said.....ask the barn owner of any farm you are interested in who are not on the list.

                I like MHC's idea, though. Having a list makes horse owners think about such things....just like you have done.
                Debbie Hanson


                • #9
                  Hmmm...the barn I'm at is licensed but they're not on the list either. The certificate is on the wall, and the evaluation form filled out by the inspector was stuck to the door one day when I got there (looks like they came out to inspect when nobody was around), so I know it's current...so I'd take this list as not being entirely complete
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                  • #10
                    If you ask them and they say they are not licensed, I might question why not, considering it is required by the state. It is only $75 a year. The state isn't overly strict on their inspections, so I would wonder why not comply. For just boarding barns, they just want to make sure basic safety requirements are met. If it is a training/lesson facility I believe they inspect equipment too in order to make sure it is safe as well. I honestly dont understand why any facility would not be licensed unless they feel they have something to hide. I think it took me less then 5 mintues to fill out the application, and you do not need to be present for the yearly inspection.
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                    • #11
                      It wouldn't concern me for a smaller farm. As a local, I can also can tell you that there are several facilities on the licensed list that look great but are horrendous, some that look bad on the surface but give excellent care, and some that look bad and are bad. The licensing standards are minimal and inspections only happen if there are several complaints. In the end, you visit the facility several times, ask lots of questions, check out the horses that are there, and then hope that you've made the right decision.
                      Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                      Witherun Farm


                      • #12
                        Personally, I don't think having a license means it's a good facility or that not having a license means it's a bad facility. But not having a license and being busted for it does have consequences that might be problematic if you're boarded there . . .


                        • #13
                          The license is mostly for tax purposes. It's neither here nor there in terms of being an indicator of good quality. I'd go on what you see with your own two peepers rather than any piece of paper no matter what it says on it, who wrote it, or where it came from.
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