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post #1 of 5 Old 12-04-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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We opened our stables this month & we are offering free boarding for deployed soldiers (they pay vet, feed) through Dogs on Deployment. Problem is, we don't live by a military base. So, this may not be a very successful journey? We accept public boarding as well. As for the deployed soldiers, I know there are people who will help with transport if necessary. I just hope we aren't trying to provide an unnecessary service? Any thoughts/advice?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-04-2013, 01:11 AM
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it sound like a great idea for the soldier that may not have a place to keep there horse :)
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-04-2013, 01:12 AM
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Did you look around to see if there was anyone to take advantage of such a service before you opened up? If not, ask around. You may be surprised, or you may indeed find that there's not much of a market in your area.

Just realize what you're getting into. Horse boarding is already not a particularly lucrative business, and even if they are paying vet and feed you will likely still end up in the hole. What about farrier, hay, worming, etc? Not trying to discourage you from helping our service people, but just make sure you know what you're getting into!
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-04-2013, 08:22 AM
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Kind of depends on where you are. Not everyone would feel comfortable shipping their horse 12 hours to a stranger.

So, where are you located?
Have you done any marketing in your immediate community?
What about bigger marketing like going on the radio, contacting other groups to make connections, etc?
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-04-2013, 01:11 PM
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Friend of mine (he's NOT a boarding facility, but just have a small farm) boarded horses for several deployed military folks (for free). And he's like in a middle of nowhere. :) Yet had people from quite a distance leaving horses with him.

I think you should find your customers if you advertise what you offer. I also think it's a very nice gesture! Good luck!

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