Our Mission and Philosophy:
We believe that a horse should be a horse! Using natural boarding, we create an environment as close to the way a horse would “naturally” spend their time as possible. Lucky Stars was founded by a horse lover for horse lovers! The staff at Lucky Stars has over 50 years of experience. We have developed a deep understanding of the good and bad of horse environments and over the years have striven to minimize the bad parts of them. At Lucky Stars, the way your horse lives their life is simply superior.
The first difference is the way we board!
At most boarding facilities, your horse stands in a small pen, 16 to 20+ hours every day. This is where they live, eat and relieve themselves. Often these pens are not cleaned on a daily basis. Your horse may seem happy to see you, since they finally get some interaction. However, think of their life while you are away. Being forced to live in a small pen, let out only a few hours a day. This is the only time they can relate or socialize with their own kind. Sound familiar? It should, it is how we run prisons. How do you punish a prisoner? Isolation. This form of boarding often leads to physiological problems such as cribbing, weaving and pacing.
At Lucky Stars we practice natural boarding. Simply stated, horses at Lucky Stars Barn live in a natural horse environment. With “Free Graze” food access, constant water access, and life in a small herd. This is incredibly important for herd animals, they can socialize, establish themselves and look out for one another much like a family. This gives your horse a far superior quality of life.
The common problems with horse environments that Lucky Stars has addressed:
1. Horses in pens. 2. Feeding process and hay quality . 3. Poor water supply. 4. No herd. 5. Limited exercise. 6. Health Problems, mainly Colic, which relates to several of the above problems and can be fatal. 7. Behavioral problems.
The Facility, and process at Lucky Stars, and how it addresses the problems:
The Feeding process and Food quality:
The wrong way: The problem with the way most barns feed is two fold.
First, they feed twice a day. Horse’s by their nature lightly graze 12+ hours a day; not binge eat twice a day. Feeding this way is difficult on a horse. They also become anxious and angry while waiting for their food.
Another major problem is food quality: To save money most board facilities purchase the absolute cheapest hay they can find. Often buying at auction or even out of state. The reason is simple: MONEY. Their is absolutely no control of the hay quality. Constantly shifting different mixes is hard enough on a horse’s gut. Then add in the chance for mold, toxic weeds, pesticides, and even Blister Beetles… which can prove fatal! These are all risks of buying hay with unknown origins and quality. This can be a major contributing factor for Colic and even lead to death.
The Lucky Stars Solution.
First: We have all day access to hay via our covered feeder system so the horses can graze all day just like in a natural horse environment.
Second: We buy our hay from one very high quality grower we have developed a relationship with. We know the quality that is produced and it is the overall best, most consistent hay we have ever purchased. Once we found the quality, we then insured the hay will be barn stored until its use at Lucky Stars. This means we pay a premium for the hay. Often twice the cost of hay at the auction. However, we feel the health of the horse is worth the extra cost. We learned the importance of this process through years of experience. Since the full implementation of this system, we have no underweight horses and even though there are multiple causes, we have seen a complete elimination of colic and sand colic’s at this point.
The herd life and horse enclosures:
Lucky Stars Barn has 4 herds in separate enclosures. We have structured this system to address many of the problems listed above.
- Heard size is limited! We limit two herds to six horses and two herds, in the larger enclosures, to seven horses. This allows the horses to bond much like a family unit with a clear hierarchy, as is natural. Also, this allows all horses to access the feeders eliminating competition for food!
- Each enclosure is large with plenty of room for the horses to run and they feature poly-coat fence with wood posts to keep every horse safe!
- Each enclosure has its own covered feeder and 24 hour access to automatic heated water!
- We have a senior horse heard and enclosure, with a large wooden barn.
- Two enclosures have metal buildings with kick panels, and pens to separate your horse when needed, with additional water.
- Our final enclosure is our economy herd. Its a very large natural enclosure with a double line of large Junipers to provide cover.
At Lucky Stars, no matter which herd or enclosure, this allows your horse to live like a horse. They truly live as close to a natural environment as possible, while still being at a boarding facility. This system addresses the remaining issues that are not food related as your horse naturally eats, drinks, runs with the herd, and interacts with their horse family. They will be living the absolute best quality of life possible, and they will thank their Lucky Stars!
Looking at Barns and Prices?
Often barns will have similar prices but will vary wildly in their approach.
When checking barns of similar price please remember to check:
How do they feed? Where do the attain their hay? How do the horses live? Can someone forget to water?