I am sure my situation is unique since I board on a military base. Our stables is self-care and run by four volunteer members as an Executive Committee and are voted on annually.
We pay very low board cost, but have to purchase all feed along with anything else necessary to care for our horses. Our facility has two and four horse herd pastures. A four horse pasture is almost an acre and the two horse ones are half that. They come with 3-sided run in shelters, hay bins, water troughs, hoses and timers. We are allowed to use panels to create paddocks, if needed for feeding. Our hay is palleted with tarps. We have connex box tack rooms.
I will say that we have built the grounds from nothing, literally. The base provided tape fencing, water spigots, connex boxes and the land for us to even have a stables at all. We are very grateful. Everything else we build as a club using funds from our board that go directly back into the club. We are required to volunteer 6 hours per family per month towards the facility. We also have meetings and mandatory work parties for large projects.
It is not for everyone. We work very hard and most of us are crazy, obsessed people. We are definitely not for the people who want to see their horse once a week or just come out to ride. We also have to be sure our pastures have manure picked up, keep up with sprinklers to keep grass alive at all, clean water troughs, go purchase and haul our hay and feed etc. Also, if your horse is sick....you are the one to call for the vet and take care of your horse. We don't yet have a barn. I slept on a hay bale by the firepit last fall when my horse coliced.
I will say....we work together as a club and are very proud of everything we have done. We spend countless hours making it a nice place for our families to hang out and have bar-b-q's, as well as, a wonderful home for our horses where we are in charge of our own animals care. We also can ride anywhere on base and go out the gate off base in all of the farmer fields. We are two hours from the mountains and two hours from the coast. Unlimited opportunities. We have playdates at other barns. We are truely grateful for NAS Lemoore for giving us our Heaven! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lexin...02397183159694