Around here, its around 300-350 for most boarding barns, but if you want to go to a show barn with trainers and everything, its the upper 400s. a month.
OP, do you board there too and just would be hired by other boarders, or do you own the place?
I don't own it or board there. I teach lessons at a different barn as an independent instructor with my own program and curriculum. I will be working with one of the boarders at the new barn, exercising her 2 1/2 year old in exchange for her sharing some of her 30+ years of experience with me until her hip heals. These facilities are very new and there's nothing like it in my entire county. It used to be a very, very run down place I guess, and when I commented to the owner how beautiful it was he said "This is the worse it's ever going to be" I really want to get involved with this place eventually.
At my current barn, I only have a round pen or trails to teach lessons and I trailer horses about 20 minutes away to an indoor arena. This new place has a gorgeous arena (still outdoor though) huge round pen, perfect facilities to teach. I just don't have any horses right now.
So, I was kinda thinking I could offer care to the boarders, do an outstanding job, and maybe ask about offering discounted or free care to use their horse for lessons? I'm not really sure, I may be WAY overstepping my bounds at that point. I personally would have offered my horse as a lesson horse if I trusted the person teaching. In fact, I did for a while.
I have no idea how the owner may react. No idea if the boarders even want that as an option. I'm just trying to brainstorm.
So, assuming boarders are paying for their own hay and grain, I guesstimated about $100 a month for feed.
So, if I offered care (6 days a week) for $120 a month, including feeding twice a day and cleaning once a day, would that be a reasonable fee? As far as pay on my end, that works out to $5 a day per horse. I would need to have at least 2 boarders take me up on my offer to break even on the gas I'm spending to drive out twice a day.