Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
A lot of these posts have touched on probably the biggest 'need' that you will have...not the knowledge of how to board horses, the facility, or even how to run a business, but the skill of how to handle horse owners. Luckily, we don't board our mares, but all my riding buddies have to, and here are a few observations from all the hours that I've spent at the stables where they board...
1 - Everyone believes they are a horse expert, qualified to give advice to anyone on anything horse related.
2 - People love their horses more than anything, often including their kids and spouses, and expect the same from the BO/BM.
3 - Their horse can do no wrong.
4 - They want a 'top of the line' service, but aren't willing to pay for it (labor is cheap, isn't it?).
5 - No one is ever completely happy.
Good luck with your dream (sincerely). Working with horses is a real pleasure, but the horse business is full of headaches and tough to make $$s in.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.