Originally Posted by x3booboo
Like I have mentioned in my previous posts, we are building a new barn this year. I'm wondering, are the automatic waterers and soft stall systems worth the extra money? I will only be offering a few stalls at self care. So if you did self care, wouldn't you rather have an automatic waterer? As far as the soft stall system goes, it helped my older quarter horse A LOT when he stayed at a barn with them. But would people pay a little extra for these amenities? Hmmm..
Auto waterers in the stalls are more a convenience for those who look after the horses and the stable. The alternative is to have hanging buckets that are cleaned and refreshed daily. To the boarder, I don't think they care, as long as fresh, clean water is always available to their horse.
As far as the soft stalls go, they are nice, especially for horses who are stiff or sore. When I looked into stall flooring, the soft stall systems were not much more expensive than high cushion rubber mats. You will save on bedding with the soft stalls, so they may be worthwhile as long as they last well.