I LOVE Co-Op!
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 farrier 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.
EQUUS KEEPUS BROKUS
Last edited by Drifting; 06-26-2012 at 08:35 AM.