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post #1 of 12 Old 01-26-2011, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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how to get clients for my barn

Hi! I have opened my new stable with indoor arena near the pa/ohio line a few months far I have 1 boarder,I really would like to fill my barn..any suggestios from people that board what attracted you to your barn and how did you find it? Thanks!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-26-2011, 10:16 AM
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Hi, what some of the stables around here do is they host a neighborhood "play day." Especially if they have a nice arena. It can be something simple and fun with games like barrel racing, phone book race etc. Prizes don't have to be fancy, you could probably find cute medals/ribbons on Oriental If it's still cold out maybe make it a chili cook off or some sort of hot food potluck as well? Just make sure you get releases signed for non usually isn't that hard most horse people are more than willing to sign a release of liability. Also check with your insurance for particulars.

Basically it lets everyone know you are there, and gets your place seen. Even if it's people who are there for the play day and not looking to board...if your place is nice then you have "word of mouth" value because people out there have seen the place and know what it's like. And, I've also seen people who aren't looking to board move simply because a facility was nicer, than where they are at or has something to offer they aren't currently getting.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-26-2011, 11:07 AM
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I can't really be of any help. Once people in my area hear the word "barn" and "indoor", they usually don't have to go looking for boarders. Boarders find them through word of mouth.

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post #4 of 12 Old 01-26-2011, 01:33 PM
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My BO put an ad on craigslist. He filled up fast! And it is just pasture board.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-26-2011, 01:44 PM
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Use craigslist. It can be sketchy but if you can wade through the spam and scams, it is totally worth your time.

Make sure you are priced appropriately.

Keep your barn clean and always welcome visitors. Return emails and phone calls promptly. Get in contact with your local 4-H clubs and if possible, offer discounts to 4-hers.

A good barn speaks for itself and fills up fast. How many stalls do you need to fill?

Oh and were in PA? I am in greensburg.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-26-2011, 02:39 PM
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Putting on an Open House or Grand Opening will get the attention of prospective boarders and by word of mouth is the best advertising.

Best of Luck with your new venture.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-26-2011, 10:06 PM
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Make sure you have a decent web site. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but the basics with some photos would be more than enough.

I say this as someone who found their current place online. My trainer had everything laid out on her (5 page) web site and it answered about 90% of my questions right off the bat. Funny, but she talks about all these other barns in the area and I'm floored, because I didn't even come across so much as a name when I went hunting online.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-27-2011, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
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coriowalk-albion,pa!What do you all think is a fair price for boarding with indoor? Full care.
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-27-2011, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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coriowalk-missedthe stallquestion ...I need (would like to ) fill 10 stalls
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-27-2011, 06:51 AM
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Good advertisement, on the web local magazines and newspapers and generally good word of mouth and you'll be on a roll.

Holding open days or shows as you have an indoor arena could also help.
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