Horse boarding in California

The place for happy horses

Bar SZ Ranch’s spacious pastures, stalls, and paddocks give horses a place to experience life the way they were made to. Here, your horse's health and happiness are the top priority.

Welcome to Bar SZ Ranch, where horses can be horses

We provide the best in professional care and a beautiful property for your horse to roam free. With over 30 years of experience training and tending to horses and 30 acres for them to roam within our 2,200-acre property, you can be confident the Bar SZ Ranch is a place your horse will be happy to call home.

Our owners and managers live on site.

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We offer:

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"Moving my horse to the Bar SZ Ranch was the best decision I could have made!"

Sarah

Pricing details

Horse boarding availability is limited, as we strive to give each horse the best in care, safety, and security. We'll never allow overcrowding in any area of the facility. Included in board is high-quality orchard grass or alfalfa hay, fed twice daily.

All prices are fully drawn up during the consultation and are signed for in the contract. Below is a high level overview of base prices and add-ons.

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Pasture

Our pasture areas range from 2-7 acres.
Grooming once per week with fly spray.
All pastures are secured with pipe fencing.
Not available for vacation boarding.
$375/month
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Paddock

Turnout 3x per week in our large turnouts.
Grooming once per week with fly spray.

Our fully covered mare motel paddocks are 20’x16’.
$450/month
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Stall

Includes shavings. Turnout 3x per week in one of our large turnouts. Grooming once per week with fly spray.

Our fully enclosed barn stalls are 12’x12’.
$500/month

Add-ons

Our high-quality hay and supplements are delivered directly by our local feed supply companies. We have real and personal relationships with our vendors, ensuring good quality and consistent supply.

Supplements & Medication

$5/day or $100/month
for pasture horses.
$50/month
for horses in a stall or paddock.

Bathing

Full body wash, shampoo and conditioning of the mane and tail, hoof care, and fly spray reapplication.
$15

Routine Veterinary Care

Billed directly

Routine Farrier Care (4, 8, or 12 Week Schedule)

Billed directly

Daily Turn Out in Pasture

$100/month

Additional Turn Out in Large Paddock

Addition turnout options in one of our spacious paddocks solo or with a compatible horse as desired. Secure pipe fencing.
$10/day

Exercise Time on a Hot Walker

Available for Stall and Paddock.
$10

Blanketing (Seasonal)

$50/week

Groundwork training, hand walking, tack walking

Rates upon request

Extra shavings and/or extra hay

At cost

Periodic on-site Masterson Method practitioner, sheath cleaning, and dental clinics.

You'll be notified when these are available and may opt-in for your horse(s) if you wish.
Billed directly upon request

Meet your horse care team

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Barn Manager

Michelle Borland

Michelle has been working with horses for over 30 years. She began riding at six years old and became an assistant riding instructor at thirteen. She became a head riding instructor at 17. She rode horses in both 4-H and the United States Pony Club and was fortunate to train with many professionals in English and Western riding.

She attended both Clemson University and Cal Poly SLO where she showed horses and earned her degree in Animal Science with graduate work in Agricultural Education. While in college, Michelle worked for a resort leading trail rides, giving arena lessons to both kids and adults, and overseeing the care of both ranch and boarded horses. After college, she worked for 12 years as a veterinary technician. She was also certified through the Equine Growth and Learning Association (EGALA) where she worked as an Equine Specialist in therapy sessions with at-risk youth and families.

Michelle earned a level four Master Instructor Certification in both English and Western riding through the Certified Horsemanship Association. She is qualified to improve the performance of advanced riders and their horses in jumping, dressage, reining, and other performance events.

Most recently, Michelle has been managing the barn at the Bar SZ Ranch where she oversees the care and training of guest trail riding horses. She also enjoys hosting clinics where she teaches guests, students, and 4-H members all about horses and other ranch animals. Additionally, Michelle oversees the care of all boarded horses at the facility.

Keeping horses safe and comfortable is work Michelle and her team take very seriously.

Veterinarian

Dr. Charles Tobias, DVM and Dr. Amy McBirney, DVM

A resident of Hollister, California, we have used Dr. Tobias for the past twelve years and love the way he and his team have cared for our horses and ranch animals. He's available for ranch calls or in-office visits.

Farriers

Hill's Farrier Service

Cody Hill and his team have provided our horses with superior hoof care for over twelve years. Kind and courteous, they're always on time and extremely professional.

Do you picture your horse living here?

It’s a mighty fine home if we do say so ourselves. Let’s talk shop and see what we can do for you!

Board your horse

Learn about horse care with the Bar SZ Ranch team

Questions?
We have answers.

Will there be a contract or agreement?

Yes. We'll be sure to discuss the boarding agreement with you to make sure we know how to best meet your expectations in caring for your horse. We'll read it together before we sign.

How will you care for my pasture horse in the first few days?

We can provide an optional 1-3 day introductory period in which your horse will be housed, fed, and watered in an area adjacent to the pasture where they'll be boarding. Many owners have found it to be a helpful step for introducing their horse to the new herd.

What will the ongoing care of my horse look like?

We use a web and app-based program called BarnManager. This program allows you to see up-to-date pictures of your horse, farrier record, veterinary records, exercise records, feed/supplement records, and grooming records. We conduct thorough observations of each horse at feeding times to ensure we're aware of the health of each horse on a daily basis. We'll contact you immediately if we notice any health concerns or problems.

How can I stay up-to-date on my horse's care?

We use a web and app-based program called BarnManager. This program allows you to see up-to-date pictures and your horse's records, including farrier, veterinary, exercise, feed/supplements, and grooming.

What kind of healthcare can you provide?

Our staff is equipped to handle small injuries such as small bumps, cuts, wounds, abrasions, and swelling. We'll contact you and discuss any care we recommend providing to your horse. A veterinarian will be consulted for any major injuries or other health concerns.

Can I visit anytime I want?

Yes, you are welcome to visit your horse anytime! Because we also host events like weddings and corporate retreats, certain common areas of the ranch may be closed to cars and visitors for photography, corporate retreat, or ceremony. If you give us a heads-up, we will let you know which areas to avoid during your visit.

Do the owners/managers live on site?

Yes, we sure do!
Still have questions?
Give us a holler.
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A photo of Ashley with her horse

“I boarded my horse with Michelle Borland for five years and this included time that I was away for college and did not see my horse for weeks at a time. I always felt comfortable leaving as I knew my horse would be treated as one of her own. He was always in fantastic condition while under her care—she kept an eye on his weight and was able to catch even the slightest sign that he might be losing weight and adjust proactively. I wouldn’t hesitate to leave any horse in her care as I have seen first hand her expertise and the attention she gives the horses under her care.”

Ashley
Photo of Sarah and her horse Scooter

"When I needed to find long-term retirement boarding for my horse, Scooter, the Bar SZ Ranch was the sanctuary I had dreamed of for her! Over the years, they've cared for Scooter’s maintenance and health needs with love and compassion.

Scooter is happy at the ranch where she shares a large pasture with the buddies she made. Tim and Michelle Borland have always been welcoming to me and my family when we come to visit Scooter. Communication has also been exceptional! The Borlands often share photos and updates to keep me aware of Scooter’s health and wellbeing. When medical needs come up, they are clearly and timely shared so that we can make the appropriate decision."

Sarah
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