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post #1 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Small time boarding is it worth it. For the Barn owners.

This is for the people who board horses for others. Is it worth you time doing it for 2 to 4 horses? Is the time you spend and money you spend come out making money? What are you thought of boarding small time?

I ask because I board 2 horses they get there own water, shelter and pasture but I wonder if it is truly worth the $75 a horse I got for boarding the 2 horses a month. The owner of the horses supplys feed.

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 12:10 PM
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Although I do not board horses here, the average price for insurance having someone riding on your property is around $1,000.. So for a small boarding place I would think not, unless you don't have the horse insurance which is very risky..

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My instructor used to board horses, but I've heard of people ditching their horses at smaller farms. This is what happened with his last boarder. She couldn't afford Dreamer anymore, and once the boarder got pregnant, she stopped coming. My instructor offered to reduce her board for cleaning stalls, but she just stopped coming. She probably saw it as a nice home for Dreamer, knowing my instructor would never have the heart to sell her to the auction.

However, the other boarders he had always worked out well. However, one person, behind my instructor's back bred his stallion to their mare. The mare had a stillborn since it had no vet care. :(

He did not have insurance, but had them sign a waiver.

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Depends on what your overhead is. At $75 per month I am guessing you do not carry care and custody insurance on the horses. How about liability on the chance one of the humans hurts themselves on your property? Do you have a CUP or business license? Are you claiming the board on your taxes?
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Depends on what your overhead is. At $75 per month I am guessing you do not carry care and custody insurance on the horses. How about liability on the chance one of the humans hurts themselves on your property? Do you have a CUP or business license? Are you claiming the board on your taxes?
They signed a wavier, I have the signs required by law up. I have a business license, and do claim it on my taxes. These horses are my best friends and he is gone at school so I board them.
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They signed a wavier, I have the signs required by law up. I have a business license, and do claim it on my taxes. These horses are my best friends and he is gone at school so I board them.
The signs are in case someone wanders on your property as horses are considered an attractive nusiance. They do not cover anyone that has paid you money.

Waivers are no good unless everything is detailed. Our attorney has a three page waiver to even attend a clinic on her property as a spectator. She said even then with the right attorney on the other side of the court room, she could be scre#ed.
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The signs are in case someone wanders on your property as horses are considered an attractive nusiance. They do not cover anyone that has paid you money.

Waivers are no good unless everything is detailed. Our attorney has a three page waiver to even attend a clinic on her property as a spectator. She said even then with the right attorney on the other side of the court room, she could be scre#ed.
No matter what you do your not safe anymore with everyone being sue happy. But What can you do now adays.
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No matter what you do your not safe anymore with everyone being sue happy. But What can you do now adays.
Just answering your question about small time boarding.

If it's worth it for $1,800 a year to risk everything.
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Just answering your question about small time boarding.

If it's worth it for $1,800 a year to risk everything.
I agree, And for all the work it takes. But the price I pay to help my best friend.
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I can only speak for California (Los Angeles County)...
With business license, 2 public health permits/licenses, insurance, is just under $2000 per year. Add waste disposal cost.
Just for those items is over $2500 per year.
Then there are the taxes...UGH
And be prepared for "surprise" costs to pop up every now and then. "Surprise" inspections by the county. If you don't pass, there may be a fine.
Then you may have neighbors filing complaints about the smell and the flies.

Not trying to bring you down, just telling of my experience.

That's my take on it
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