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        10-12-2013, 03:04 PM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by luv2event    
    I have always wanted to do this as well. Like others said, make sure to cover at least your costs. Most barn owners tell me that they hardly break even. One barn owner said she made enough to cover her own horses' cost, and I think that would be a nice bonus of running the barn. If you can find someone reliable and helpful for chores, that would likely help with your sanity as well! Good luck!!
    This is a big thing that I see a lot. Horses are expensive, so while you may not need the extra money to support your life, you may need it to pay for multiple horses. When you have your own barn you can keep your horses to your liking for a much discounted price. You'll still have to pay for feed, vet, and the like for them, but you won't have to pay the extra premium for boarding. Just keep in mind that you do need to come out on top in the boarding deal for this to work, and remember that each of your own horses prevents another paying boarder from coming in.
         
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        10-13-2013, 08:18 AM
      #12
    Showing
    No 1 on the list is a Feasibility Study. This involves finding out rates for similar type facilities, is the community large enough to support another stable. You need to thoroughly check out the facility with regards to condition and factor in the cost of bringing it up to snuff. You also need to know the cost of feed and bedding brought in. Inquire as to the cost of electricity to power the place summer and winter. That all has to be factored in. There will be set costs and variables and once those are tallied you need to add a 30% cost over run. Whether you clean stalls and feed or hired help does, (good luck there) your wages need to be factored in when figuring out the price of what to charge your boarders. As previously mentioned, the iron clad contract is a must and the best person to draw that up is a lawyer, a necessary additional expense. A boarding facility should show a profit, it's a business and if it can't, it's time to get out. It needs to be run as a business including any state licensing that may be necessary.
         
        10-13-2013, 09:30 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by DuckDodgers    
    This is a big thing that I see a lot. Horses are expensive, so while you may not need the extra money to support your life, you may need it to pay for multiple horses. When you have your own barn you can keep your horses to your liking for a much discounted price. You'll still have to pay for feed, vet, and the like for them, but you won't have to pay the extra premium for boarding. Just keep in mind that you do need to come out on top in the boarding deal for this to work, and remember that each of your own horses prevents another paying boarder from coming in.
    Well...the space your horses take up mean less boarders you can take on and maybe a price hike for the ones you can take on since you're trying to spread expenses over fewer people.
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        10-13-2013, 05:56 PM
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    Well...the space your horses take up mean less boarders you can take on and maybe a price hike for the ones you can take on since you're trying to spread expenses over fewer people.
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    Yes, totally true. However, if you do it right then you can be pretty certain that you're going to be spending less money on your horses on your property than you would if you had to board them at a comparable facility. That said, while you are spending less money you will be making up for it by working at the facility.
         
        10-18-2013, 01:32 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Is there somewhere to ride?

    This is all the information for people interested in boarding at our stables. Look it over and notice how much work it is going to be to run this sort of place. Also you can ignore all the stuff having to do with training if you are only looking to start a boarding stable.

    Sandy Smith's Training Stables is located outside of Spokane, WA. We provide boarding and training. We provide riding and driving training. Boarding in stall with small turn out $350. Large paddock with shelter $250. Training and board $600. Riding lessons are $40 an hour. There is a lesson horse available or you can use your own horse. Available... indoor round pen, outdoor round pen, large arena, large paddocks, stalls with turn out, Pasture, wash rack with warm water. Great feed is provided with board. Horses fed twice per day. Stalls are cleaned every day. Nearby trails. Great trainer with over 40+ years of experience training all kinds of horses Western and English. Training students to show all around the country national level and state/inner state. Now specializes in driving horses. This is a beautiful place in a great environment for you and your horse to learn.

    So we clean the stalls everyday!!! That is very important! We drag the paddocks once or twice a week. We clean the waters two times a week. We provide hay! If the owner wants grain fed to there horses they have to make it and put it in baggies and we will feed it. Someone always has to be there because the boarders will want to see there horses whenever which is at least three times a week. If you are not there, it would be very easy for someone to take a horse from your barn! We feed at 7-7:30am in the morning and 4-5:30 in the evening.

    You need to write a riders release and have it approved. You NEED insurance!!! And the list go's on!

         
        10-18-2013, 10:50 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Thank you all for responding with great advice!

    I took some time to check out the grounds, and the surrounding area of the barn. It's all very nice but I've decided that it is simply too far away from my home. The barn needed some minor repairs, and there was no hot water... small things but they will add up in time. That and having to drive 40mins one way, plus another job bc the barn probably wouldn't pay all the bills... just doesnt leave much room for error.

    I'm not giving up, though! Maybe this barn wasn't the right deal, but I think there are some other good opportunities out there :)
         
        10-18-2013, 11:38 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I hope you find exactly what you're looking for in the near future! I've always dreamed of having my own boarding stables, but I'm not sure it's something I would be very good at! XD
         

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