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post #11 of 13 Old 02-06-2011, 10:21 AM
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We bought our acreage 2 years ago and built a 12 stall barn, indoor arena, round pen, not to mention we had to do all the fencing, water hydrants, electrical etc... I believe we are $150,000+ in construction alone, not including the purchase price of the property and we aren't even close to being done. We also had to buy a tractor w/attachments, hay baling equipment, lawn mower and a dump truck. Also don't forget the smaller stuff that adds up; buckets, feeders, hoses, gates, light bulbs, grain bins etc...

We have only been open a year and the income from the property makes our mortage and construction loan payments now, but that first year there was no income from the property. Our regular income from our jobs paid for everything the first year.

Get an approval for your loans ahead of time, and write a business proposal for your lender. No one will lend you money if you don't have a solid plan. You also need to find a lawyer to overlook your contracts and policies to make sure you are covered. Contact an insurance agency to find out what type of coverage you will need and the cost.

You can not do this alone, you will have to hire someone to step in when your gone, sick, injured, and overwhelmed. It will happen. It is a 24/7 responsiblity you have to take seriously.

Good luck on your venture, just please do your homework before starting anything.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-06-2011, 01:40 PM
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Agree with most comments here. Its a pipe dream in the sense, that you will not make money in the first few years. As construction, insurance, supplies i.e hay, bedding, feed all need to be purchased before adding boarders and clients.

When we built our barn 6 yrs ago, I had the advantage that as a mixed farmer (grain and cattle) we had our tractors and other implements needed to ensure we could do daily chores.
We make our own hay, which cuts down on an expense right there. We also had the compensation from our farming to cover costs of the stable for the first few years. We made NO money for the first 3 yrs, and only saw a very small income the 4th...and when I say small, I mean wouldn't even cover the cost of paying if didn't have the farm to cover expenses, wouldn't have been able to make a go of the boarding, never mind put food on my table.
We have 10 stall barn...and we are always full....and we can house up to 15 pasture boarders.
So to try and make money off 5 or 6 horses....sorry, but I quite honestly cant see how it can be done w out some sort of supplement income.

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post #13 of 13 Old 02-10-2011, 11:26 AM
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I have to agree with the others. This sounds like a pipe dream. Can I ask how old you are? As a barn owner myself you dont make a whole lot of money off it. What I make a month 90% goes right back into the horses. The only reason we have any extra money is thanks to our breeding program. But even then its iffy and expensive. Insurance is something you MUST have if your taking in any horses. Be it training or lesson. Its even a good idea to have some on your own stock (think colic surgery $$$$)

I got lucky. I pretty much inherited 15 acres. With a barn, indoor arena, pastures and a house already on it. But the up keep is insane! Its a very expensive thing to get involved with and not something that should be entered into on a whim. Whats your experience with horses btw? What make you feel ready to take on something like this? Just curious.

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