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post #1 of 27 Old 11-26-2008, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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How much would you pay?

I just opened a small horse boarding facility and I want to know how much you would pay to hypothetically board your horse at a place like mine. Some amenities aren't finished.. so if you could give me a price for both the way it is now and when it is finished that would be great. If you have any suggestions on what could make our place better let me know to..

We built a small 6 stall metal barn on 10 acres in north Texas.
12x12 heavy duty custom stalls with mats
12x14 open feed room (locked metal feed bins)
12x14 locked tack room (Nicer than most I would say)
All fencing is pipe top rail and no climb wire... and cross fenced in 5 strand barbless wire with a top hot wire.
2 out door wash racks (hot water soon to come)
160x170 outdoor (not lighted yet) jumps available.

I am an experienced horse person and I live and work on site. Horses are grained 2x a day, hay at night. Turned out all day with weather permitting. Blankets/boots on if needed at no extra charge. There are 3 horses per MAX and turned out by similar personalities. Trailer parking included. Very safe pastures and barn with no junk lying around. No trails near by, just open fields. 30 minutes from good trails though. No manure piles (we have a dumpster). Stalls cleaned once a day. Twice if in all day.

Soon to come........
Arena lights
50ft round pen
Office/lounge w/porch over looking the arena
Automatic waterers in stalls (is this important to boarders?)
Auto fly system
3, 60x30 private paddocks with a stall (How much would you charge for this?)
Pasture Vaccum
Gaited entry w/key pad (is this important to boarders?)

So how much would you pay? for the before and the after?
If you want to see pictures you can look at my website,

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post #2 of 27 Old 11-26-2008, 10:49 PM
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I think it has a lot to do with your area. If you are close enough (travel time wise) you can obviously charge more. If you are in the country and everyone for miles around has a few hundred acres or several other stables to choose from, the demand may be considerably less.

All that aside, I like the looks of your facility and think you should be able to command a higher than average price. Your website is professional looking and easy to navigate. Nice job!
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post #3 of 27 Old 11-26-2008, 10:50 PM
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Around here that would probably be like $200 a month. I pay 160$ a month for about the same thing but we have a heated indoor. But my horse isn't in a stall. I think that would be pretty low for your area though
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post #4 of 27 Old 11-26-2008, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the nice compliment eagle eye. I am out in the country a little bit.. but prices vary around here greatly from $200 - $800. There really isn't a place similar to mine in my area... they are either total dumps or palaces!

Maybe I should change my question... What are services or amenities would you pay more for if they don't have the indoor?
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-26-2008, 11:23 PM
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"What Services or Amenitites would you pay more for?"

I really like the gated community feel with the password. That would make me feel like my horses were safe and would be worth the money.
I actually don't like automatic waterers. I like heated water buckets, but my horse doesn't like auto waterers so neither do I =P

I like how clean it is which is a big plus. Since you don't have an indoor, I like that the lighted outdoor is great.
I like the automatic fly sprays too. We had that at my old barn and I loved it.

Never heard of a pasture vacuum though!

And I would actually prefer the paddocks with stall. Dont know exactly what you would pay for it..
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post #6 of 27 Old 11-26-2008, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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A pasture vacuum sucks up all the poop in the pastures.. it pulls behind the tractor. Not only would the pastures look much better, but it would cut down on flys, smell, and parasites.

The 3 private paddocks would have a single 12x14 stall in each one with full care and a tack locker in the corner. The down side to having one would be less grass (but fed more hay) and its further away from the arena and wash racks (200-600 ft.) Would you charge more or less than a regular stall?
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post #7 of 27 Old 11-27-2008, 12:08 AM
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Where I come from it's close to impossible to ride without an indoor, so you wouldn't get very much for board. I would probably pay about $300. You seem professional, your property is well kept, and the pastures look great!
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post #8 of 27 Old 11-27-2008, 07:49 PM
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we have an indoor and outdoor arena, office, tack and feed rooms and 7 pastures. board is 425 going up in jan to 450 a month. private turn out is 25 extra a month.

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post #9 of 27 Old 11-27-2008, 10:10 PM
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We have an outdoor ring, an 80x200 indoor arena, 3 tack/feed rooms, 30 12x12 box stalls, and 6 all-weather sand paddocks.

Our board is roughly $1150/month and a half-lease is about $650 a month.
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post #10 of 27 Old 11-28-2008, 03:09 PM
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when i use to board i was paying $250 for pretty much nothing but it was the cheapest around. in your area for what your offering id prolly start at $300-$500.

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