So I have owned horses forever and worked with them forever but I have only boarded not had my own place. Well right now I have the opportunity to have my own 9 stall barn (beautiful!) on ALOT of acres. My question is do you think I will miss boarding at someones place or what? Like pros and cons? What do ya'lll preffer? Your own place or boarding? Let me know your thoughts!
Okay having done both I will give you my personal pros and cons... but in the end it's best to figure out how much ambition and desire you have to care for your horse and how much you just want to spend time riding and playing around.
I get to control everything (being a control freak I love this part).. feed, where to put them, when to bring them in, leave them out, blanket/ no blanket.. you get the idea.
I know my horse(s) get the care I want them to have at all time.
It's cheaper... if you don't have a mortgage which I don't. It may take some time to find the best feed stores and hay guys but in the end the cost is cheaper. Not that I don't believe that most BO earn every cent they charge. In fact having my own stable has given me a better understanding and new respect for the hard working BO.
You make the rules (this may fall under the control part). When, where, how you want to ride. As for being alone, well you could find a friend to board with you (warning... you will then be the BO and enjoy all headaches pertaining to such responsiblity)
You don't have to worry about others messing around or harming your horse or tack.
Waking up at 3:30am and having to go out in the pouring rain to round up the pain in the butt horses who decided the grass was greener on the other side.
You are responsible to see and respond to all injuries and possible sicknesses.
Finding decent feed stores and hay people.
Job is 24/7/365 and good luck finding a decent and affordable farm sitter. If you have a good one, please send my way
. There is no such thing as a holiday or weekend. After awhile you forget what day of the week it is anyway.
You are in control of everything, yes I did put it on the pro but it is also a con. With great power comes great responsibility. Your horse gets injured or injures another YOU are the sole person who will take all the blame. For me this put a lot of pressure and I have had to learn not to overreact to every little thing... things I never thought of worrisome before since someone else was around to look after my horse.
These are just a few of the pros and cons. Biggest recommendation... just like when you are learning to ride you find those more experianced to help... your life will be a lot smoother if you can find other experianced BO's to help you through the rough patches.
Personally, I love it, but I do wish I had started a bit smaller. I now have 10 horses and it is a lot of work. There are times when selling everyone and just keeping the one horse is appealing.