Desert Sky Ranch offers the finest care to
the discriminating horse owner. We can work with you to
satisfy your individual needs.
Please note that we do not charge
additionally for items such as: Blanketing, Worming, and
Grooming. We feel that these are part of daily care, and should
be done regardless of cost. If our horses get it, so does
***We do not offer a no-care option. We
feel strongly that each horse should be given individual attention and care
on a daily basis. Most equine companions have been pampered for
many years, and there is no reason to take that care away in the
We take nutrition seriously, and are
constantly testing our feeds and hay. We evaluate current
feeding and nutritional intake on a regular basis, and consult
with the owner should any changes need to be made. For our
"plump" residents, options are available to keep
sugars and starches below 10%.
EQUINE RETIREMENT PACKAGE #1
Grain or hay pellet, combined with beet pulp is fed twice
daily, with a low carb option available.
***Heather is an equine nutritionist and very knowledgeable regarding the nutritional
needs of Insulin Resistant and Cushing's affected horses.
Please call to discuss specific nutritional needs of your
horse. We can accommodate most requests.
Hay Four Times a Day, or depending on need (soaked if
***We have our hay analyzed at each cutting to be sure
each horse is getting the proper amount of nutrients, minerals
and calories. We'd be happy to share our information with
you! The bulk of our feedings are grass hay, which can be
supplemented with alfalfa when needed.
We balance our hay and feed with trace and major minerals,
according to the most current NRC guidelines, to ensure a
proper diet to maximize immune system response, proper digestive
function, and all around general well being.
Bran Mash once a week (for our non-IR horses)
Blanketing and Un-blanketing in Cool Weather
Fly Sheets and Masks On and Off
Psyllium Fiber for one week every month
Full day Turn-out, privately or group
We have solar automatic watering systems, with installed meters
on each one to measure how
much each horse is drinking. The solar power heats the
water in the winter, while the same panel is covered in the
summer and reflects the sun, keeping the water cool.
Horses that prefer buckets to drink from are accommodated as
Stall at night in winter months, and in any uncomfortable
weather with daily mucking and fresh shavings, salt blocks, and
always fresh water
Worming Program: Rotating schedule every other month.
Shedding/Clipping: Your horse will be groomed on a
regular basis, and clipped as needed. Extra attention given
during shedding season. Baths are also given, and you'll
definitely want pictures of that!
Photos and updates are provided on a regular basis to
ensure your peace of mind
Supplements may be provided by owner, and will be gladly dispensed for no additional charge.
Full body check daily at feeding time
Full access to the facility, to ride or just visit.
$450.00 per month
EQUINE RETIREMENT PACKAGE #2
All of the items listed in Package #1
Includes a stall year round.
$570.00 per month
We allow our own horses to get as much fresh air and exercise as
possible. However, some horse owners prefer their horses be
indoors at night. Package #2 is suited for individual need.
All of the items listed in Package #1
Includes a stall and/or private turnout area, depending
on need and recovery process.
- Medications administered, wrapping or
bandages changed daily, hand walking, and any other special
needs will be included.
Please call to discuss price. Most of our rehab
residents can be accommodated by the Equine Retirement Packages
#1 or #2.
Farrier, Veterinary and Dentistry Services
are scheduled routinely for all of our horses. We will make the
appointments and provide personal handling and supervision for
all of these visits. The actual services administered are not
included in the price of board, and will be billed to you upon
occurrence. Vaccinations are scheduled twice a year in
spring and fall, while dentistry and sheath cleaning are
scheduled at least once a year, or more often depending on each
Time and extensive research has allowed us
to carefully select the very best veterinary, dentistry
and farrier specialists. We are extremely lucky to have
them, and trust them with all of our hearts. These are the
people who make our lives easier, our horses healthier, and we couldn't do it without
We have a wonderful vet who is kind and extremely knowledgeable,
who doesn't mind being on call at any time. Chiropractic
and Acupuncture are also available, to help your horse's body
adjust to the changes of aging. The vet can also offer
natural solutions to help with any condition/diseases, in
conjunction with, or possibly instead of expensive drugs, should you wish
to explore a different route.
We encourage our boarders have shoes
REMOVED prior to coming to Desert Sky Ranch. This reduces your
cost, as well as limiting injury to our other residents.
We have two of the best farriers in the state, both specializing in natural trimming
of barefoot horses. If you
believe your horse should continue to be shod, please specify
the reason in the boarding application or contact us.
We prefer to sign a one year contract.
Once a horse is introduced into the new environment, it is
important to maintain a stable herd for the long term
residents. We do not accept monthly Retirement boarding
and Rehabilitation horses are not introduced to the herd for
However, if you are ever dissatisfied,
you may cancel your contract at any time.