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post #1 of 7 Old 06-25-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Co-op boarding

I'm looking into co-op boarding. Does anyone have any recent experiences to share - good or bad - with this type of boarding arrangement?

For example how does everyone handle grain, hay and bedding? Does the group buy things in bulk or is everyone on their own and have storage space provided?

Do you pay a reduced monthly "boarding" fee for the use of the facilities? Or is the board free, so to speak, and the fee is your time and committment?

Is the barn owned by a co-op member or leased out by the whole group?

How are equipment or other repairs handled?

Do you have an executive committe to make final decisions or does everyone vote equally? If all are equal, who makes the tie breaking decisions?

Any insight you can provide would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-25-2012, 02:48 PM
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I have a few stalls that I allow for "reduced fee" boarding. In this instance, the boarder provides their own hay and grain and clean their own stalls 7days/wk. I provide the labor to feed and turn out, sheet/blanket when necessary and provide the sawdust. The few boarders who take advantage of this are free to make arrangements among themselves, as long as the stalls get cleaned every day. I also have the cleaning equipment available to them. If it breaks from normaly wear, then I replace it. If they break it doing something other than normal, then they replace it. I have a good group that is honest and work hard to care for their animals well. I live on site and feed 2x day with a final night check and always notify if something looks amiss. I also handle coordinating vet/farrier, etc so that those who want something done, can be fit into those schedules.
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What is "co-op boarding" ?

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I'm with sky never heard of it!
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-26-2012, 06:13 AM
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Hadn't heard about co-op boarding, but basically a co-op is operated on a not-for-profit basis, in that all profits are reinvested to create member benefits (including reduced rates, upgrades in services etc). Members all pay a joining fee (which means you technically own a share in the organisation and have voting rights). I'd think a boarding co-op would be the same.

Just gotta say, I love coops and mutuals (similar type of organisation), think they're fantastic.
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I have also not heard of co-op boarding...that is why I love this is amazing, and sometimes frightening(not here) what other people in the horse world are doing. thanks for the education..hope more people respond who have experienced co-op boarding

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-26-2012, 08:30 AM
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The co-op boarding I do (and have done at a similiar barn in New Jersey) is:

- Pay for the stall. Like 125+ a month
- Purchase on feed, hay and grain
- Take turns with other boarders feeding

I have 2 horses and only have to feed 3 times a week on the schedule, which takes me 30 minutes tops. It works out really well, and I have more control over my horse's, which I like. Everyone is responsible for blanketing their own horses, or cleaning their own stalls.

Once a month or so we have a barn day to make sure everything is cleaned up. We all worm the same thing at the same time.. and usually a lot of us share a vet call or ferrier call.

It takes a group of responsible people to pull it off, because no one wants to worry about what another boarder is or isn't doing when its their turn to feed.

We have huge pastures so don't need to spend a lot on hay, except in the winter. We usually all chip in for a huge load, and help put it all away in the loft.. and buy round bales or something and split the cost between the amount of horses.

The first barn I did this at, a woman had rented the barn and opened it up to co-op boarding. As the 'manager' she was responsible for doing the schedule, and maintaining the land. We did help as much as we could, offering a hand when it came to fxiing fences, etc.
The one I am at now, the barn owner lives on property and his kids have 2 horses, so they're mixed into the rotation of feeding and do full maintance of the land.


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