The Desert Sky Ranch offers full-service boarding accommodations for equine retirement. Please take a moment to review each of our boarding packages, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Select one of the links below to view the details for each package.
Hay is fed four times a day, amount depending on individual need of horse (soaked if needed). We feed top-quality grass hay, but alfalfa is available for our senior horses who have trouble holding weight or those with poor teeth.
***We have our hay analyzed at each cutting and supplement accordingly to be sure each horse is getting the proper amount of nutrients, minerals, and calories.
Quality senior grain or a soaked hay pellet, combined with beet pulp, is fed twice daily, with a low-carb option available.
***Heather is a certified animal nutritionist, with an animal sciences education background and a Master’s degree in Equine Science, 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.
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.
Included in each package:
-Blanketing and un-blanketing in cool weather
-Fly sheets and masks on and off (removed nightly)
-Psyllium fiber for one week every month
-All-day turnout, privately or with a small, harmonious group
-Handling for farrier and veterinary visits
Grooming: 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!
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 well.
Stall at night in winter months, and in any inclement weather, with daily mucking and fresh shavings, salt blocks, and always clean, fresh water.
We have sunshade structures and run-in sheds in each turnout area that are large enough for multiple horses.
Photos and updates are provided on a regular basis to ensure your peace of mind.
Additional supplements may be provided by owner, and will be gladly dispensed for no additional charge.
Full-body check twice daily at feeding times.
Full access to the facility, to ride or just visit.
$450 per month (plus NM State tax)
All of the benefits of Equine Retirement Package #1 are included, with the addition of an overnight stall year round.
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.
$570 per month (plus NM State tax)
All of the benefits of Equine Retirement Package #1 are included in every rehab or lay-up.
Additionally, our rehab program 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 are included in the final price.
Saddle time and bringing the horse back to work through exercise are available when needed at an affordable, additional cost.
Please call to discuss price. Most of our rehab residents can be comfortably accommodated by the Equine Retirement Packages #1 or #2.