Welcome to The Equine Center


Worry-free Boarding

Enjoy worry-free boarding for your horse

The Equine Center Boarding is a friendly, equestrian facility accommodating sport horses, breeding, young and elderly/retired horses with their special care needs.

TEC boarding offers

  • Boarding in pens, small and large fields
  • Feeding three times a day
  • Customized services to meet the needs of you and your horse
  • Two arenas and conditioning track – Fully lit jump arena with TruTex Footing
  • Tack rooms, groom areas, wash racks, trailer parking

We are located just minutes from downtown San Luis Obispo, SLO airport and Cal Poly. We provide horses’ with a safe, secure environment. Our beautiful 20 acre facility is the perfect place to board your special needs horse and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

TEC offers arena options for all riding disciplines and skill levels.  The upper jump arena and lower flat arena are watered (sprinklers and water truck) and maintained regularly to create the very best footing for you and your horse.

The jump arena has TruTex fiber footing and is fully lit for those needing to ride in the evening.  TruTex arena fibers provide the footing with more stability  whilst enhancing its cushion and traction.  TruTex will make your horse feel more confident and capable of offering you his best performance without having to worry about inconsistencies in the surface.  The jump areas also sports an extensive set of jumps including show jumps and cross country schooling obstacles from Jumps4Joy.

TEC offers a conditioning track so boarders can get out of the arena for a trot or gallop.  The conditioning track is approximately ¾ miles in distance and sports rolling terrain to aid in getting your horse fit for competition or to just go out for a fun trail ride.

We offer our clients multiple wash rack and cross-tie options.   Covered cross-ties allow for safe tacking up and grooming. Our clients enjoy ample storage in two large shared tack rooms. Wifi is available in the barn area for our boarders’ convenience as well as a refrigerator and freezer.


TEC offers Pipe Pen boarding in 12 ft x 24 ft pens. These boarding pens have a 12 ft x 12 ft covered area and are fenced with horse wire. All pens are cleaned daily and well bedded with shavings or straw. TEC also offers a large roaming pasture options. Horses boarded at TEC are fed three meals per day of the highest quality feed, including Strongid C daily dewormer with constant access to water from our automatic watering system and stock tanks.

Services are available on either a monthly or daily rate depending on your scheduling needs. All services at TEC are highly customizable to meet the special care needs of you and your horse. Services available include: feeding of owner provided supplements/grain/medications, blanketing, bandaging, basic grooming/pick feet, hand walking, turnout, hotwalker, treadmill conditioning/rehabilitation.

Boarding at The Equine Center offers a variety of boarding options and services to meet the needs of you and your horse.

We do our very best to make sure all TEC boarder receive the customized care they need so they can enjoy their horses in a worry-free environment.

Our staff

Emily E Bardo, DVM
Staff DVM

Dr. Emily Bardo is a native Californian who grew up on the coast in Half Moon Bay. She studied Animal Science at Cal Poly SLO and then went on...

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James K Waldsmith, DVM
Practice Owner

Dr. James K. Waldsmith has owned and operated The Equine Center since 1985. His professional interests are thermography, sports medicine, rehabilitation, reproduction and preventive medicine.

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Our services


Ultrasound is a specialized imaging technique that uses inaudible sound waves to create an image of soft tissue structures. It is one of our most frequently used non-invasive diagnostic tools.

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Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has become accepted technology for treating musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue injuries and bone injuries in horses.

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Nuclear Scintigraphy

Nuclear Scintigraphy, or bone scanning, pinpoints areas of bone and in some cases soft tissue pathology due to injury. It is used, most commonly, in difficult lameness investigations to detect specific regions of the limbs that are resulting in lameness.

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Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma or PRP is a regenerative medicine treatment that delivers a high concentrate of platelets in the form of blood plasma to a lesion increasing the amount of growth factors at the site to help in healing. 

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Mesotherapy is effective in treating degenerative arthritis in a horse’s back and the cervical vertebrae. It helps by reversing the physiology of these conditions to stop the pain spasm cycle.

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Inertial Motion Detector System

The Lameness Locator enables the veterinarian to objectively measure lameness in horses with non-invasive inertial sensors. The system provides an analysis that indicates whether the horse is lame, the severity of the lameness, the limb or limbs involved, and the part of the motion cycle at which peak pain is occurring.

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IRAP® Therapy

IRAP is a natural treatment that has been developed for the treatment of joint disease in horses.

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In House Laboratory

At The Equine Center two in-house laboratories provide hematology, blood chemistry and microbiological services.

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Hospital Services

Our hospital is prepared and equipped to service any equine medical need. Whether it be emergency, diagnostic, neonatal, preventative, rehabilitative or reproductive care, we are available to meet your horse’s needs.

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Video Endoscopy

The Equine Center has an extensive range of video endoscopes, with sizes suitable for the smallest foal and the largest horse.

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