Boarding a friend's horse.....
My 14 yr old daughter has a friend who has been riding for a couple years. She does not own her own horse, she rides her lesson horse. My daughter wants to know if we would be willing board a horse for her friend. Apparently her parents are at a point where they are willing to buy a horse for her, but they do not have a place for a horse at their home. They do live outside of town and they have a small barn on a couple acres, but no place for a horse. They would need a place to board. There is boarding at the place she takes lesson's, but it is a little too pricey for them, although I know the boarding place to be reasonable.
So, my husband and I are open to boarding for her, because we would like to help her out (we know the family and they are responsible people), but I am not sure how all the particulars would work out. I would guess we would ask them to buy all their own feed/hay and come probably a couple times a week for cleaning (and I would assume riding). We live about 10 minutes from their house, so that shouldn't be too hard.
Facility wise we have 4 stalls, with only 2 being used. We have a huge barn, tack around and indoor shower area. Grazing would probably be my biggest concern. We have two pastures that are 1.25 acres a piece. We have our two horses on it and a fair steer (just until August). We have probably 3 more acres of pasture that we have considered using te temporary fencing on. We dont mind supplementing some. Also, we are getting ready to built a house (this coming fall). Once we build, we will have pretty much the same facilities, but more fenced in acres (probably 5), plus 60 plus acres to ride on. So we could certainly still board her horse, but there will be some transitioning.
So, what do u guys think? We would want to charge? I want to be helpful to their family and be cheaper for them, but we feel their should be a fee for using our pasture and the daily care......