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post #1 of 5 Old 10-28-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Advice - To offer boarding or not to offer boarding

Ok .. I have this extra 12 x 12 stall in my barn .. right now it's being used for storing extra hay but once the hays gone it sits empty .. There are alot of people around that have horses so I'm not sure if I want to offer my stall for rent ..

What are the downfalls of renting the stall? What would be the upsides to renting the stall? How much would your rent it for?

There would be the stall, 24/7 turnout on 3 acres of pasture, tack room, running water, electric & lights, hay, care, some riding access.


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post #2 of 5 Old 10-28-2012, 08:09 PM
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Liability stuff aside --- How do you feel about having someone "in your space", doing things differently than you do them, having access to your stuff, etc?
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It all depends if you want deal with the people who are interested. Some people are a little out there, and it takes a bit of time to sort through the crazies. You would also be allowing another person to have access to your space. But we could all benefit from a little extra income ;)

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Are you only going to offer it for board when you don't have hay in it? Or year-round? If you are not offering it year-round, you might have a hard time finding someone. At least I wouldn't board in that sort of temporary situation.

You'll need to set up the terms of the board. As in, are you going to be responsible for feeding the horse? Or will the boarder be responsible for feeding their own horse? Will hay be included in the board fee or extra? Will you or will the boarder have to clean the stall? Will you offer any blanketing services or will the boarder be resonsible for that? Will the boarder have to supply their own mineral supplments?

Will the horse have its own 3 acres, or will your horses also be in that property?

Will the boarder be able to park a horse trailer at your place?

Who will take care of the boarder's horse when you are gone?

Of course, downfalls are that you are responsible for another person's horse, which is always a little different than your own. Plus if that person had a tendency to not pay board on time, you have that to deal with (and should be spelled out in the contract).

Benefits possibly, if that person is trustworthy, that they can watch your hroses for you in the event you are gone. Benefit of a riding buddy or hauling buddy (if you have similar interests).

As far as what to charge ...... Depends on your area. I'd check with boarding barns near you with similar services, and then price a little below it, since you would not (for example) have an indoor arena like the boarding barn would.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-07-2012, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your comments. I think I will hold off a bit longer. I'm pretty OCD about my barn and animals. It might not be a good thing to get a boarder that didn't take care of their animals like I do. lol. Maybe I will just wait and see if another drop off shows up.

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