So I have been going out to this farm for 17 years and it's never been the classiest barn with the perfect white fences and the perfect stalls, but my trainer is a good woman who feeds her horses before herself. She bought a barn about 15 years ago and we build all of the fences and stall from hand. A few years ago Florida was hit with 5 hurricanes in 6 weeks and we lost a lot of our fences and half of the roof of the barn. Since then she has been going down financially. She can't build any more stalls because there is no roof and she can't afford to fix the roof. Our fences keep needing redone and we just keep fixing them the best we can but we need more. There are 25 horses our there and only 5 are boarders because her barn doesn't look the nicest. Our jumping and dressage arena are in one of our pastures and all of our jumps are homemade with tires, barrels, poles, bowling pins, and anything else we can. Almost every horse she owns are rescues that people just keep dropping off at the farm because they can't take care of them and she just has such a big heart she can't say no so she makes room. The horses are all well taken care of physically but the barn itself is falling apart. My trainer is growing older and she just doesn't have the energy to teach so many lessons so me and a friend of mine go out there and teach for her as often as we can. My trainer is very old-fashioned but is trying to step into our generation and market herself but she seems to be struggling. There are parents who have helped raise money for the farm but they spent all the money on building a new tack room instead of using the money for what needed to be done, like building new stalls and fences so more horses could be happier. It's only a 20 acre farm so it isn't the largest but we do the best we can. My trainer has rescued so many animals from goats to dogs to pigs to ducks and a couple minis that were being abused at a petting zoo but her primary thing is training horses and riders.
I am submitting this post because I have tried creating a website for her and trying to market her without stepping too much out of my bounds but she just needs help. She is a wonderful, christian woman who wants to share her knowledge of horses and God with her students but financially everything keeps going wrong and her farm is falling apart. I am not sure what else to do. She has a 4-H group out there and I have offered to get them more out in the community but the parents of the children won't do anything unless it affects them or their personal horse and it really upsets me. This barn needs help and I am not sure what to do.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do or how to turn this barn around?
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this long post!