Welcome to Allison Acres ~ Galt, CA ~ (209) 224-4304

Horse Boarding at Allison Acres

With or without training (training info here)

Galt is in the Central Valley, north of Lodi and south of Sacramento. We are located about 4 miles off highway 99. We are about 30 minutes from downtown Sacramento. We are a friendly, family-oriented place, but we also don't mind just leaving you alone so you can ride! The horses here are very well cared for.  We also live here, so somebody will usually always be around in case anything needs attention.

The barn manager and owner, Cindi Scoleri, is ARIA certified in stable management.  Click here to see the certificate.


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Allison Acres
13512 Alta Mesa Rd.
Galt, CA 95632
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Boarders: want to bring a friend to ride your horse?  Print and have them fill out and sign this release of liability form.  Thanks!

Boarders: $10 off all lessons for boarders!

Facilities/Services included:

  • feed three times per day, whatever mix of complete feed pellets, alfalfa hay, grass hay that is appropriate for the horse or group

  • supplement feeding for individually boarded horses: you provide, we feed once per day

  • late night check

  • 80' x 120' covered, lighted arena with new sand footing!  No additional charge for use of lights.  Open until 11 PM.

  • 120' round arena with pea gravel footing

  • 200' x 125' outdoor arena with natural footing and trail obstacles

  • 200 x 100 outdoor arena with natural footing

  • two 60' round pens

  • outdoor wash rack

  • tack rooms/sheds

  • 1000' dirt/gravel path for riding

  • trail obstacles

  • owners live on site!

  • fly predators in use facility-wide

  • asphalt driveway to get you to the barn without having to step in any mud

Boarding types and costs:

Individual board:

  • Stall or stall with paddock: $355

Group board:

  • Outside group board: $265 per month. 
    Group horses are not allowed to have hind shoes. 
     

Metabolic/insulin resistant services:

Horses needing low carb feed can get it here!  We feed hay as low in non-structural carbs as we can find, along with a complete feed that's at or below 14% NSC and alfalfa hay which stores its non-structural carbs in a different, less dangerous manner.  Right now we have Teff grass hay that is 6% NSC!  It is great hay for the fat, cresty neck, tender footed horses.  Hard keepers like thoroughbreds get extra alfalfa and complete feed, so no worries!

Barefoot hoofcare services:

We are very experienced transitioning horses from shod to barefoot or from badly trimmed to properly trimmed.  Barefoot hoof care professionals visit monthly.  Hoofcare clinics and mini-lessons with Cindi on topics such as barefoot transition management, gait evaluation, thrush treatment, soaking and booting are FREE for boarders. Turnout areas and riding areas are amended with gravel regularly, and there are pea gravel areas for tying up and walking through... We want to be your premiere barefoot paradise!

Additional services (for a fee):

  • hold for vet/farrier

  • deworm

  • vaccinate

  • groundwork program (see below)

  • exercise program (see below)

  • hauling to events: cattle sorting, barrel racing, trail rides

  • lessons

Check out the prices summary page for some ideas on what the additional services cost

Click here for frequently asked questions


Training

First a note on training


Groundwork training:  We offer a groundwork program for boarded horses. We will maintain the groundwork your horse currently has and expand on it as appropriate.  This program will increase your horse's work ethic, teach him emotional control, help him become safer and more respectful, allow him to grow and blossom in training, and get him conditioned. 

If you like how my lesson horses behave and wish your horse would be more like them, then this is the program for you.  I keep my lesson horses tuned up with mostly groundwork - 90% of their continued schooling is done on the ground.  I teach them to have emotional control, to respect my space, to respond to my cues, and to move properly and athletically, all with groundwork.  And they are not really super special horses - they all had their issues when they came here.  But I know that things can be changed - things like being fidgety, spooky, rude, disrespectful, not leading well, not lunging well, not liking water or baths, not liking fly spray, not tying well, not tuned into humans, not interested in forming a connection - those things can all be changed with groundwork. 

This program will include things such as:

  • standing patiently tied

  • grooming

  • yielding in all directions while in hand

  • lunging

  • round penning

  • saddling

  • bridling

  • giving to pressure

  • discrimination training: desensitization and sensitization.  This is basically the very foundational matter of learning to tell when we mean for the horse to move versus when we mean for the horse to not move.  To accomplish this we use work in hand and on the line just on the flat at first but later over and near obstacles and under more diverse circumstances.  This is the main way I keep my lesson horses so calm and willing and gentle.

The main thing we will work on is showing your horse what his role is.  His role is to keep a handle on his more explosive emotions while he pays attention to us and figures out what it is we are asking of him and then to respond to the best of his ability.

I have two price levels for this program.  Both are in addition to board.  The first is $250 per month, and will consist of three sessions per week.  For this program your horse must come to us catchable and relatively gentle about being handled. It includes enough exercise for the horse in the form of in-hand work, lunging, round penning, liberty work or turn out that if he's not getting ridden you won't have to worry that he's not getting enough movement.  This is great for tune ups and for gentle weanlings.

For more difficult cases such as biting, spooking, horses that are hard to catch, or for horses who have not been handled much yet or for anybody who wants more concentrated training, we have a five session per week program, which is $450 per month.  Your difficult horses can benefit from this program and can move into the lower priced program after their first or second month if you like.  This is a good level for any horse with a more pressing issue including sour weanlings and yearlings, and older horses of course.  Up to two sessions per week can be swapped for exercise riding instead, as appropriate to the horse.


Exercise riding:

We offer exercise riding for your at least green broke horse for $15.  These rides are done by good, experienced teenage and young adult riders. 


Here are some pictures of our facility.  New pics first, and older ones below.

Covered arena:

Obstacle arena:

The new outdoor washrack/pea gravel tie up areas:

Shelters on two pastures:

Round arena:

Round pen with all weather pea gravel footing:

Older pics.  Outdoor roads:

 

Here is inside the covered arena:

Here is the 120' round arena:

Some pasture:

Yes, it does get very muddy in the winter.  Most of our horses have never had a problem due to the mud or wet conditions, but there have been a couple cases of rain rot and mud fever.  Stalls are an option for winter - first come, first served.

 

Here are Allison and two of our boarders on an outing to Lake Camanche:

Frequently asked questions:

1.  Can I bring on an outside trainer to work my horse or give me a lesson?

Outside trainers can come as long as they name me on their insurance and pay a facility fee of $10 per hour long session. 

2.  Can I ride in the arena during lessons?

Of course!  The more the merrier!  Please don't ever feel like you need to move or go home or wait or anything like that, when lessons are going on.  Feel free to ride with us, even copy what we are doing if you want! 

3.  Can I park my trailer on your site?

Yes, for $15 per month we have space for a couple more trailers. 

4.  Can I bring my kids when I come to ride?

Please do!  If they are capable of keeping themselves pretty safe while you do your thing, then bring them along if you want.  My son would love some kids to play with.  We have ride-on toys and bikes and slides and a basketball hoop and usually a pea gravel pile with trucks.  Please understand however that their safety is your responsibility.  You need to decide if this environment is a place where they can be safe.  You know how some kids would wind up underneath the hind feet of the craziest horse here?  That might not be the kid to bring... :-)  In addition to the normal ranch type dangers, there are also quite a few wasps around in the spring and summer.  I never get stung and my kids have only been stung once in our 8 years of being here, but some lesson kid's younger siblings have been stung, usually by reaching out and touching a wasp nest without knowing what it is.  They don't tend to aggressively attack people... It is just something to be aware of.  Also don't forget about mosquitoes and your kids (and yourself, and your horse!)  And sunburn!  You might be able to arrange babysitting on-site with my working student or my daughter or even me, depending on my schedule.  Let's talk about your needs!

5.  Do I have to use a certain farrier or vet?

Of course not!  Use whomever you wish.  For emergencies I often find that the vet I use (Dr. Josh Holme) is able to get out here the quickest, and we often share ranch calls with boarders when we have routine things to get done, so we don't have to pay so high a ranch call fee.  But it's your decision.

6.  What if my horse needs to get hauled to UC Davis in an emergency?

I try to be as available as I can be to haul a horse to UC Davis for emergencies.  In the event I can't do it myself, there are two other drivers here capable of hauling to Davis for you.  One should only drive and not touch your horse!  One can drive and handle horses.  Of course this service involves a fee to cover gas and my time (that's the biggie, because often when one arrives at UC Davis, one sticks around for quite some time while the Powers That Be decide what to do about the horse.  And these things always seem to happen in the middle of the night.)  But if you don't have your own truck and trailer, you can rest assured that we'll do all we can do to get your horse the care you want him to have. 

7.  Can I bring my dog?

Please don't.  My dogs will bark, my cats will be afraid, and I have a lot of lesson kids here whose safety is my responsibility, and it's impossible for me to guarantee their safety around somebody else's dog.  I also had to sign a form with my insurance company stating I will have a policy of no outside dogs allowed.  Thank you.

8.  What do you do to minimize the risk of colic?

Colic is one of the main killers of horses.  Except in cases of horses who have some underlying problem that predisposes them to colic, colic is almost always a management issue.  Main causes are changing feed too rapidly, being put on grass without a breaking-in period, not drinking enough water, and accumulations of sand in the gut.  To try to minimize risk, I am very careful about the diet of new horses.  I also don't just suddenly put a horse on grass.  I try to monitor their water intake as much as possible (easier on individually boarded horses) and when there is a change of temperature, typically a colder day after some warmer days, I encourage them to drink more by adding salt to their feed.  I also offer a sand-clear program whereby a sand-clear product is given at least a couple times per year, up to one week out of every month (for an additional fee.)  I also know all the early warning signs of colic so I can alert you as soon as possible.  I have "living wills" for my boarded horses, in which you let me know what sort of care you'd want in the event of a colic: medical management on farm only; medical management at UC Davis if indicated; surgery if it's one of the easier colics to resolve surgically; surgery no matter what; treatment based on a budget amount; when to euthanize.  In this way I can help you get what you want for your horse, especially if I can't get a hold of you as it's happening.