Finally acheiving some dreams!!... or not...

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    01-15-2012, 02:36 PM
Finally acheiving some dreams!!... or not...

My husband and I have worked very hard for the past seven years to be able to buy our property and we finally did it! I worked with horses from about 5 years old and all through high school and knew that's what I ultimately wanted to do but, with working toward the bulk of our goal, I'm sorry to say I've become a bit out of touch with the horse business. :(
Now, the logistics come in.
I want to convert the majority of the land (85acres total) into a boarding business. Unfortunately, the land has a ways to go before it becomes as professional as I want it to be. My main concerns are that the only usable structure is an unfinished pole barn and the fences are purely barbed wire.
On top of that, the animals will need shelter out in the field, an arena needs to go up, and trails cleared for riders, and the list goes on and on (not to mention all the legal paperwork/insurance/etc).
Am I getting in over my head here or is there a way to start super small and grow the business and client base together? My initial thought was to simply pasture board a handful of horses on a diy kind of level, but I'm not sure I could be apathetic if I ever saw an owner not taking care of their animal properly, which brings us back to full service boarding and my property just isn't ready for that yet.
Any suggestions???
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    01-15-2012, 03:38 PM
I am in a similar position but the place I may buy is fully developed.. 30 stalls (4 barns) 100 by 200 indoor arena, 66 by 180 outdoor arena, roundpen, 10 acres. Subbing!
    01-15-2012, 04:09 PM
Wow, that's great!
I bought this place because it was such a steal, but I think the previous owners just ran cattle on it. So, it seems what I saved on money is going to catch up to me in all the work that needs to be done.
Have you ever boarded horses before? If so, I'd love to pick your brain :) Where are you located?
    01-15-2012, 04:29 PM
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Start carefully. Have an overall plan that takes into account what you want the place to END UP looking like. Know where your barns are going to be (someday) and where the rings/paddocks/fencelines etc. Nothing is worse than slapping up a structure, only to find you put it in the only place the riding ring could go.

Start with the basics. Plan your fences from the very beginning and put the paddocks up one at a time and do it right. Nothing worse that having to spend the time and money redoing it down the road.

After fences, plan the run-in sheds and water sources. Horses can do with very basic shelters as long as they are well built and well planned. Barns can come later. You will need a building for tack and feed. You can use a portable storage building that can be easily moved as barns and other structures are done.

Then build the ring. You will have paddock, housing and a place to ride. You can start up on a very basic manner, now.

Barns, trails, additional rings, wash stalls are all icing on the cake. Good luck and remember to try never to have to repeat or redo any of your projects.
    01-16-2012, 10:38 AM
Good advice from Allison! I would also add to make sure you "Map out all water lines & electric) At the start, you think you will remember, but 85 acres looks different under 3 foot of snow, when you have to dig to find that busted water line!

Congrats on your purchase!
    01-16-2012, 12:19 PM
Thanks, those are all very good ideas! The run in sheds had slipped my mind as I was dreading building the whole barn HA! I've got a good design for them now though so the sheds and upgrading the fencing in the front pasture will be my first priorities.
I've tried several ways to map out the property already, but other than the local geography website, there are no aerial photos of it and I'm definitely no cartographer :) If anybody knows of a better way to map it out I'd appreciate the info!
Another thing: I know I'll need to get the commercial ins. And the care, custody, control but I was wondering if the CCC could be taken care of in the form of a waiver from the owners?
Thanks again!!!

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