Horses will get about 15 feedings or so out of one 50 lb bag. Figure one bag a week, at 2 feedings a day, or little more if in heavy training, or not an easy keeper. Hay would last about 2 days at 1/2 bale a day during winter months, or when grass is not up good. Water heater will add 35 plus to your electric bill each month when water will freeze up. Not to mention water bill.
However back to the boarding issue.
I would not do this for so many reasons.
Unless you offer full services, you are likely to get the type of people that won't put much value in providing feed/hay for their horses, much less pay the boarding bill. And even with full services? Can be the same.
Too many people want a "pretty horsie" but have no clue as to what horse needs, and couldn't care less about providing those things either.
Also, with so many people of the "I can do whatever I want and who are you to tell me I can't" mindset, you could end up with people drunk/smoking on your place, or drugging, or dragging people in who have no right to be there as they aren't boarding. People also rarely correct their children nowadays, so that is another headache for you to possibly deal with.
And too, as another pointed out? You will not make any money doing this, unless 50 extra dollars a month seems like a windfall. To some people, that would be enough of course, don't know if you are one of them. I'm not.
The destructive nature of horses is astounding. To wit, trainers left with show string, (or part of it anyway) Wed night. The first night gone? One mare kicked 12 foot 2x10 board off of stall wall on one end. Two others decided to see who could eat their way into each others stall. Took out board that was inset into wall, 6 pieces, and busy working on other boards too. That was over 24 hour period.
Two weeks ago, one horse decided to take down fans that are on brackets, on top of stall walls. These walls are tall, horse are short. Very. How did horse do it? Not a clue. Cats may know but they aren't talking.
One horse last summer spent all its spare time in one day to destroying 6 feet of wall...did it too.
While there ARE good boarders out there? Most of them are not worth dealing with sadly.
I am a good boarder, I pasture board, with Kola up in smaller area due to needing his meds, and being arthritic in near fore knee. Bonanza is out in fields with her horses. Mine are only boarders there. That probably won't change.
Baby Huey is at WP barn I work for. I was told if I just provided his feed/hay, I didn't have to pay board there, but I do buy 4 extra bags of feed over and above his, because the days I don't work, they feed him of course. And I offer to pay the electric bill for heater, although there is training horse in with Baby Huey. Point is though, I take nothing for granted.
When I first approached them about boarding, I told them very plainly what I would be like as a boarder. I would not come at odd hours, such as late/early, although they are farmers/cattle people.
I also told them I would bring no one out to ride, nor with me otherwise, and I didn't smoke or drink, or do drugs. I would provide my own tack if something was needed, as well as anything else. I have stuck to that. I make sure board bill is on time, and since owners divorced, I went with the wife to her place, which is rented out right now.
As Kola's water is a frost free that runs off of their water, I pay the renter's 35 dollars a month on water bill, and if we decide to go with heater in trough next year, will pay that additional charge too.
As a contrast? Friend of mine rents 2 acres +/- for two horses she got, (disaster there) but the water comes from the funeral home, whose owner owns the pasture her horses are in. She has to fill troughs from his spigot, which is inside the funeral home garage. The place is open, unless there is funeral, 9-5 M/F. And sometimes there is no one there past 4. And no one there on weekends. Hose must be drug inside the garage, and out across parking lot in the back to fill.
Time after time, she has not been there in time to water horses. She lives less than a mile or so from place. Has kids that wander all over town. Has shack job that goes right by there.
Horses were without water several times, since she didn't get out there. She knows all of this can happen, yet still lets it.
She is a bad boarder there, can you imagine what it would be like in a more structured setting?
If you decide to go ahead with this? Find single women, of an older age, who appreciate the arrangement. Must have jobs, and vehicle, and have good sense too. Set your rules early and hard. YOU can adapt as needed, if something comes up, but make clear what time they can be there.
What about guests, either being there or riding? What if horse needs immediate care, you can't get ahold of them and vet is not willing to come unless you guarantee money?
And make sure they are decent people, not someone in one crisis after another, evictions/job changes/relationship woes...that gets old quick.
For instance, if you have family gathering planned, do you want them traipsing around. And if you have no outdoor bathroom? What then? Do they use yours? I would suggest a Porta-Potty in that case.
And can you dedicate the time to make sure they have turned off spigots? A hose left on full force can run up 300 dollars very quickly. Ask me how I know? Not a boarder. Spousal unit...said "it is muddy down there" and when asked him if hose was off? "I turned it off, must be just boggy."
No, hose was NOT off. Moron. And company trusts him with 80,000 lb truck????
By and large? Just not worth it.
Horses make me a better person.
Last edited by Palomine; 02-26-2012 at 01:11 PM.