Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Southwest, Michigan
Just wanted to throw in my two cents as a person that boards. And you mentioned you were planning on having boarders.
I board my horse at a very small facility, and it doesn't have a restroom on site! So I have to drive down the road to a gas station (yuck!). If you plan to board I would recommend having a small wash room (for people)... If you have space and can afford it a small shower stall would be something to make a boarder happy. I sometimes like to do some riding before work, or inbetween other appts during the day, and being able to cleanup without going home would be neato! (I'm also highly allergic to horses so I have to immediately shower if I don't want to swell up!)
Unless you can afford hot water & heated stalls I've never seen the point of having a indoor wash area. My friend has a barn with a wash area and has never used it because the water and barn are unheated, so you still have to wait until warm weather to bathe the horses... And if it's warm enough for that... Its often easier to just do it out in the grass. That just my opinion though.
Also, at my barn we all share a tack room... But something I would like would be "horse size" lockers. A place to lock up my nice tack and maybe my purse while I'm there... I've seen them at other facilities.
So my advise to attract happy boarders...
1. Bathroom (may shower?)
P.S. The atmosphere is the MOST important thing. I love the little "mom and pop" facility I'm at. If feels like it's "my barn in my backyard." So while I would like to see these improvements... I wouldn't move my horse in order to have them. So happy boarders comes with the "feeling" the barn gives them. My makes me feel at home, I like that. These are just ideas to ice the cake.
"And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse."