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    08-26-2011, 01:34 PM
  #1
Foal
Starting A Boarding Barn & College Q's

Okay I have some questions for BO's

1) How did you start up your barn?
2) Did you build on the property or buy a farm?
3) Can you get companies to sponsor your barn to help with building costs?
4) How much money each month does it cost usually cost to care for the horses and the facility?

I also have some questions about college degrees. I have heard that getting a degree in equine studies/science can help you get hired/start up a barn, but I have also heard from people that employers in the horse world do not really look at if you have a degree or not.

So my dream is to open a boarding/training/lesson barn. I am only fifteen but I am set that this is what I want to do so please don't try to talk me out of it. My plan for after highschool is to get a business management degree from my local community college, and them I am really interested in going to findlay University they have a great equestrian studies program, great facility, and I could bring my horse. The other option that I am kicking around is Meredith Manor. I lovr that the entire program is just horses. And it souds like a great school, but I am kind of unsure about that place I know some people did not like there experiance there. Also I Know that you don't get a degree there you get certificates. So would horse related employers look at the certificate the same way they would a degree?
     
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    08-26-2011, 02:35 PM
  #2
Yearling
I'm not a BO, but I've worked at the stable for a little over 8 years, so I know a lot about it.

1) How did you start up your barn?

The current BO bought the barn 20 years ago. It was built in the 40s. She kept the original barn, but added on a new portion. It was already a boarding barn/trail riding barn when she bought it. There used to be a tack shop connected to the front of the barn, but she converted it into apartments that she rents out. There also used to be auctions and rodeos held in the indoor arena, but now she has 3-4 day clinics. Also, the trails around the township that the barn is located are grandfathered in, so if anyone ever wants to build a house near the trail they have to either build around the trail or ask us to move the trail over. This is very helpful because not many people like having the stables so close to the beach, but they can't do much about it except pout.

2) Did you build on the property or buy a farm?

Answered above.

3) Can you get companies to sponsor your barn to help with building costs?

I have no idea. The BO has 3 apartments, a 2bed 1bath cabin, and a 4bed 3bath house she rents out constantly on the property. I think she's also one of the top 10 real estate agents in Chicago. So that's how she pays the bills.

4) How much money each month does it cost usually cost to care for the horses and the facility?

There's 35 horses at the stable. Six are self care, so they provide their own hay, grain, shavings. Four buy their own grain. The rest are either full board or owned by the BO.
For grain alone it's around $1,100 a month. For round bales, it's $180 a month. She buys a few round bales for the horses at pasture when the grass isn't very nutritious. For squares... It depends on if the loft is already full or not. But for 100 square bales it's about $445. It's takes about 1500 bales to fill the loft. 1500/100=15 445x15=$6675 - to fill the loft.
She buys a semi-load of shavings, which is $225. This literally lasts like 5 months because the horses are kept outside as mush as possible. I think she buys it from a lumberyard, and she really only pays for the delivery.
For water/electric, I'm not entirely sure. Probably around $4500ish... ? The lights are rarely used during the summer, it's during the winter months when it gets darker quicker that the lights are on a lot.

I was 8 years old when I started taking lessons from the dressage trainer at this barn. I was 12 when I started working there. I can tell you right now that when we hire someone we're looking for experience. Now we're not a huge jumping/eventing barn, we're not a fancy barn. We have boarding and we have trail rides for tourists, that's all.
We want someone who has either owned horses before, or is/was in 4H Horse & Pony or does showing. Because 90% of the time these people know how to take care of/handle horses, know how to help if they're choking/knows if a horse is colicing, can ride a horse CORRECTLY and can easily help tourists while riding, etc. You'd be surprised how many people say they can do this, and end up working for only a few weeks.
     
    08-26-2011, 02:48 PM
  #3
Foal
So do you think getting a business degree and then getting an internship at a barn would be a good way to start out and then work my way up?
     
    08-26-2011, 02:57 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Passion4Horses    
So do you think getting a business degree and then getting an internship at a barn would be a good way to start out and then work my way up?
Sure! Plus being an intern at a working stable, you'll be able to see what you would want and not want for your future stable.
Like there are a lot of stables around here that make it a requirement to take so many lessons a month in order to board at their barn. We get a lot of people who come to our barn because of that since we don't have that as a requirement, so those other barns are actually helping us out.
     
    08-26-2011, 04:54 PM
  #5
Trained
You could even get an Equine Major with a Business Minor or the other way around, then you'd have both. You'd most likely have a better shot at getting an internship if you had both equine and business.
     
    08-29-2011, 01:30 AM
  #6
Yearling
1) How did you start up your barn? My parents owned the original 10 acres and then we leased the majority with first option to buy.
2) Did you build on the property or buy a farm? We built EVERYTHING from scratch. The metal barn, the stalls, ALL fencing, electric, plumbing...
3) Can you get companies to sponsor your barn to help with building costs? I'm hoping to explore this route soon. My husband has a good job as a train dispatcher working as much overtime he can get and then goes to the barn and builds stuff when he gets off work. VERY VERY hard working, amazing man and I will forever be grateful and in awe of him. His family helped us secure several loans (aka **** ton of debt!) too.
4) How much money each month does it cost usually cost to care for the horses and the facility? Right now I only make a really embarrassing $25 a horse because of all my debt building the facility. I make more off pasture boarders than I do on stalls but lessons are where the money is.

Equine Science Degree: It really is a catch 22. I went to a 4 year college for equine science and learned A LOT and I do feel that it has given me some credibility in the horse world. At the very least a degree in equine science says you are committed. HOWEVER, I do wish I would've double majored or have something else to fall back on. I'm paranoid about getting hurt and not being able to work anywhere else. I hope one day to go to a 2 year school for sonography or radiology technician because the money is good and you'll always have job security.
     
    08-29-2011, 02:05 PM
  #7
Green Broke
1) How did you start up your barn?

2) Did you build on the property or buy a farm?
3) Can you get companies to sponsor your barn to help with building costs?
4) How much money each month does it cost usually cost to care for the horses and the facility?


1. I worked for an existing barn
2. Buying existing is much cheaper than building. I am sure their are plenty of people that are not making money and would love for someone to come along and buy them out
3. Maybe? Depends on your relationships and salemanship.
4. That would depend greatly on where you live. Hay in my area is 4.00 a bale and others it can be triple that. You have alot of research to do.
     

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