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    12-05-2009, 09:30 PM
  #1
Yearling
Is this reasonable?

We are in the process of opening our barn.

We're asking for $350 full care.

This includes:
12x12 stall, turnout daily (weather permitting)
Grain (Nutrena pelleted feed) and hay twice daily.
Blanketing when necessary.
Free holding for vet/farrier.

Access to:
Lockable tack lockers
5 wash stalls
84 acres of private trails & pond
Indoor arena
2 outdoor arenas (soon one to include jumps)
Free trailer parking

And soon lessons and clinics.

Does that sound fairly reasonable?
     
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    12-05-2009, 10:33 PM
  #2
Foal
Yes that's reasonable
     
    12-05-2009, 10:44 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Very reasonable. That's more than we get for $350 around here.
     
    12-05-2009, 10:49 PM
  #4
Trained
I want to board at your barn !
     
    12-05-2009, 11:04 PM
  #5
Yearling
Awesome. The average here is around $450. We want to be competitive but cover our costs. At this rate we'll be breaking a little above even.
     
    12-06-2009, 03:35 AM
  #6
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by JumpingTheMoon    
We are in the process of opening our barn.

We're asking for $350 full care.

This includes:
12x12 stall, turnout daily (weather permitting)
Grain (Nutrena pelleted feed) and hay twice daily.
Blanketing when necessary.
Free holding for vet/farrier.

Access to:
Lockable tack lockers
5 wash stalls
84 acres of private trails & pond
Indoor arena
2 outdoor arenas (soon one to include jumps)
Free trailer parking

And soon lessons and clinics.

Does that sound fairly reasonable?
Very reasonable....

I charge $375.
I have what you have listed, but only 2 wash stalls (1 indoor, and 1 out)
-1 Heated indoor arena, 1 sand ring (jumps available..but responsible for set up and take down) although we usually have a small course set up most times, and people just use it, and adjust to their needs
-Feed we do hay 3/day and Grain 2/day
-Blanketing included (but do charge extra if horse requires wraps or combination blankets 5$/day)
-Stalls are 12x12 as well.
-I don't run lessons, but boarders can bring in their own coaches if they desire
     
    12-06-2009, 11:01 AM
  #7
Yearling
Very cool! Yeh we're encouraging bringing in coaches as well.
     
    12-07-2009, 11:33 AM
  #8
Foal
It's actually totally dependent upon where you're located. Here in the Atlanta area, it's very common to find the amenities you have for an average of $600 a month. There are a few places where you can find it for $450 to 550, and quite a few more where you can find it for $800 to $1200 a month.

Now, you're probably thinking, that's crazy! Well, let's take property taxes as just one example. My wife's family owns a 270 acre tract 45 minutes north of Atlanta that the property taxes run around $2700 a year on. Go just 30 minutes south to where we're at and it's quite a bit more expensive. We're currently looking for a larger farm (we're on 5 acres at the moment) but I have to keep the county lines and taxes in mind to figure into our costs. There's a 13 acre farm we absolutely love right down the road in the city of Milton, Fulton County. Wanna take a guess as to how much taxes on it are? $5910 per year, which comes out to $454 per acre. Now, I don't know what your taxes are on your 84 acres, but I'd be willing to wager that they're a good bit less than $38k per year, right? (That's $454 per acre for 84 acres.) We have to figure that $500 average monthly tax payment into our fees that we charge for boarding. (You also have to take into account that the county where that farm is has an ordinance that allows a maximum of one horse per acre. So if we own two horses ourselves, we can only board 11. That's $45 a month per boarded horse that we have to charge just to cover our property taxes.)

Anyhow, good luck with your new facility! We wish you all the best!
     
    12-07-2009, 11:41 AM
  #9
Yearling
Where are you located? I'm in the Lehigh Valley, PA where the top boarding facilities are as cheap as $650, average is $400. However, closer to Philadelphia and across the river in NJ, these prices are close to double!! Location and reputation really are a huge factor. I'd say you can definitely be competitive with other facilties, as long as you consider what types of trainers and boarders are at the other barns. Are you planning on marketing your farm as a family place, show place, trail place?
     
    12-07-2009, 11:53 AM
  #10
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by JumpingTheMoon    
We are in the process of opening our barn.

We're asking for $350 full care.

This includes:
12x12 stall, turnout daily (weather permitting)
Grain (Nutrena pelleted feed) and hay twice daily.
Blanketing when necessary.
Free holding for vet/farrier.

Access to:
Lockable tack lockers
5 wash stalls
84 acres of private trails & pond
Indoor arena
2 outdoor arenas (soon one to include jumps)
Free trailer parking

And soon lessons and clinics.

Does that sound fairly reasonable?
I could only dream of paying that for outdoor board alone and get even half of what you offer. It is not only reseanable but I would bring the prices up.
     

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