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    03-16-2012, 03:29 AM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Don't expect to make any money boarding horses - if you are breaking even, you are well ahead of most barns. Most boarding facilities make their money buying/training/selling horses, coaching, training and through sponsorship, or they are independently wealthy/have other streams of income.
with as much as boarding costs, why do so many barely break even? I mean I know there are a lot of costs involved in boarding, but it seems like they bring in a lot of money.

I know this is probably a dumb question, just wondering if its a lot of little costs that add up, or is there something big that makes it tough?
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    03-16-2012, 05:16 AM
If you do decide to take boarders, good luck to you, because there are so many things than just having horses on your property and getting money from their owners.
    03-16-2012, 05:41 AM
I cannot even begin to tell you what you are going to experience if you do open a boarding barn.

There is nothing but one hassle after another.
It is dirty, dangerous and all consuming.

The last big barn I ran was similar to your situation.
This young woman had taken lessons and liked horses.
Her father bought her a 30 stall barn with an indoor arena, outdoor arena, pastures and lovely house.

Because she had no clue, no one would put their horses in that beautiful facility.
She was in tears during our first meeting, afraid to handle the horses, (of the 8 horses that were there, 5 were hers).
They drew straws to see who would have to lead the horses to the pasture.

One horse got his eye kicked out. They almost got sued by their next door neighbor.

Even when I was BO, and the barn was full, we had a waiting list, it was a hassle.
People were never happy, my phone rang and rang.
Kids were climbing in my hay and swinging from my gates.

People would let the whole herd out trying to get their horse out.

And on, and get the picture.

Lease the barn out to someone, that's what I would do if I was you.
    03-16-2012, 08:02 AM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
4) Boarders out to ride/muck stalls, etc. at ALL hours
Many folks forget are allowing access to your property (I assume you plan to live in the house) and this is often a bigger headache than you may think.

Just an idea to toss out...consider looking into what the market is in your area for 'retirement boarding'. There are a couple around us that do this and apparently there is a market for older people that want to relocate but want to insure their horse (typically older, too) is well cared for (i.e. Don't want to sell it). The only contact they have with the owners is getting a check every month. You still could get stuck with a non-paying customer, but the 2 stables I know told me that these types of owners are usually financially well off and they have never had a problem. The down side, of course, is that all the labor will be on you.

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