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post #1 of 15 Old 02-23-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Smile OUTLAY for Barn Owner to take a boarder for a month

How much does it cost the barn owner for hay, grain, bedding, etc. I am trying to estimate how much to charge per month for boarding. Is there a list with the average costs for the barn owner in the Harrisburg PA area. Thanks
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-23-2012, 09:38 AM
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What you could do is look around at similar boarding places in your area to get an idea of the prices around there. Everywhere is different right now. Prices for hay, alfalfa, and food are different everywhere!

But, where I am right now...
Pasture board is 350. Includes: free choice hay in winter, feed all month, 2 feedings per day, blanketing if needed.
I believe full board is either 500 or 550. Includes: horse in all night, free choice hay in winter and a few flakes overnight, all bedding (maybe 2 bags of shavings a week? I'm not positive), feed all month, 2 feeds per day, blanketing if needed.

You really just have to look around in your area at the prices :) All horses eat different amounts, some horses need bedding changed more, etc. I know I'm not much help but maybe someone else on here can give you some more input! :)
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Well, for bedding, try finding local mills and ask them how much shavings are, it's usually cheaper that way. For hay, I recommend buyin in bulk because I find it cheaper. It's up to you whether you supply grain - my stable doesn't so yeah. How much you charge also depends on the facilities you have
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Thanks AMP, but I am afraid I did not ask the correct question. I am the one who will have the barn and I am trying to figure out if I get $300/horse for boarding, how much do I, as the barn owner, pay out each month on average to take care of that horse, for feeding, grain, hay, bedding, etc. Thanks again AN
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Thanks AMP, but I am afraid I did not ask the correct question. I am the one who will have the barn and I am trying to figure out if I get $300/horse for boarding, how much do I, as the barn owner, pay out each month on average to take care of that horse, for feeding, grain, hay, bedding, etc. Thanks again AN
What you would spend per month on a horse would vary. But I agree that buying in bulk is a good way to go, that's what my BO does.
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Thanks AMP, but I am afraid I did not ask the correct question. I am the one who will have the barn and I am trying to figure out if I get $300/horse for boarding, how much do I, as the barn owner, pay out each month on average to take care of that horse, for feeding, grain, hay, bedding, etc. Thanks again AN
Don't forget:

Insurance
Repair/replacement budget (fence, gates, stall, light bulbs, manure forks, and on and on and on)
Water
Fuel for equipment
Manure removal
Advertising
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Amp's answer was right on. You won't know how much you are going to pay until you 1) first find out what the costs are to purchase the hay and grain.

You will also need to determine what amenities you will provide and the costs of those amenities.

Horses are basically fed like dogs and cats - based in body weight. Therefore a pony will eat less than an Arabian most barns charge a flat fee and it averages out across all boarders. One horse may eat more of the profits but another will eat less.

Your best guide is to surf the web and see what your competitors are charging and what services are included.

. Keep on mind though, the other barns may have special arrangements with hay suppliers, wood mills or grain suppliers. Meaning, you may charge a similar price but find you have less left over.

Are you considering boarding for family or friends or the general public? Will this be a hobby, or for pin money, or as a career? If the general public and as sole income I recommend some business classes.

Running a barn as a career is more than putting horses in a stall and should be thoroughly planned out.

You should have contacts for farriers, vets, private insurance. Assistants if you are too ill to work, contracts.

Good luck.
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I agree with looking in your area for places with similar amenities and starting there. It will be really different for each horse. For example, my draft X who gets 1/2c of pellets 2x/day and 2 flakes of hay morning and night will be quite different from one who eats a qt 2x.day, and 4 flakes.
And yes, don't of the "hidden" costs you cannot do without, as listed above.

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Utilities. It costs money to light a barn. Also, security my be necessary. Smoke detectors, alarms and fire extinguishers. These need to be maintained.

Tack rooms need to be secured.

There are a lot of little details that cost money when overlooked. Writing a business plan would immediately tell you of this is something you want to take on.

There are also financials and tax ramifications. Is this your private land? How you deduct the property as a business will impact your 1040. Plus you will need greater insurance for injury aside from horse riding.

First aid kits. Restrooms.

I can't push a business plan enough if you want to run this as a business.
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