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        06-16-2009, 01:22 AM
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    Yearling
    Is this reasonable?

    Husband and I are planning the expansion of our farm over the next few years. We are in the process of purchasing 17 acres directly next to our 10 acres. We are thinking of dividing the 17 acres into 8, 2 acre paddocks with pipe and no climb wire with a 2, 12x12 stall lean-to with a private 4x12 tackroom in each paddock. The roof would extend out the side to cover a round bale and there would be 2 horses in each paddock. The horses would be put in their stall every night (or left out and in during bad weather only). Feed twice a day. Trailer parking, blanketing and supplements fed included.

    Boarders would have access to a 250x160 lighted outdoor sand arena (were in north Texas) with jumps. 50 ft indoor round pen and a 70' outdoor round pen. Nice bathroom.

    We are thinking of charging $425 for these paddocks. Is this reasonable? What would you change? What if we had a covered arena?
         
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        06-16-2009, 01:24 AM
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    Green Broke
    Check into the insurance then think about your board based on that as well as the other expenses. Our barn doesn't allow jumping because the difference in insurance was astronomical.

    Also, look around your area at what other facilities similar to the one you want are charging.
         
        06-18-2009, 01:10 PM
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    Yearling
    I think its a fair price, but I am not in Texas. And wow I had no idea just jumping would raise your insurance so much, but guess it makes sense
         
        06-18-2009, 01:24 PM
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    Green Broke
    It did in Oregon. BO said it was outrageous. When I worked at the Country Club stables their BO said the insurance for jumping was killing them and they were going to have increase the membership fees.
         
        06-18-2009, 01:28 PM
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    Foal
    That sounds like such a great idea! I don't know how fair the price is because prices vary through out the country. Here in Vermont that may be kind of high without an indoor, but indoors are really important to people here b/c of our winters. I don't know what board prices are like in Texas, but your plans sound amazing! Good luck with your farm!
         
        06-22-2009, 03:41 PM
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    Foal
    It sounds like a really nice set up! Much like what we have now at our house (except for the areas to ride). I think that would probably be reasonable. It would be here in Virginia. I currently pay $200 and all my horses do is sit in a pasture and eat grass. :( That's why we are moving them to our property, not quite done with that yet though. Good luck!
         
        06-22-2009, 06:19 PM
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    Yearling
    Thank you guys! My main thing was to make sure these conditions were desirable. Hopefully we will get an indoor in the next few years. :o)
         

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