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post #11 of 14 Old 12-08-2008, 09:31 AM
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Not sure if it has been mentioned but I would request that all riders have proper health insurance... and then you keep a current policy number on hand (if that is legal???) I just know where I board she has it... that way in case of emergency she has everything ready because more then likely I wont have my wallet with me. Im not sure if that is legal but it doesnt bother me.

Fewer horses are better for appeal of a farm. Like stated make sure you have a set number. More horses will mean more upkeep

I like having an area where I can lock my tack up in as well... it helps prevent my equipment from walking off

Are you going to allow boarders to park their trailer on the grounds?

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post #12 of 14 Old 12-09-2008, 10:23 AM
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Being a paralegal in training, I wouldn't even consider something like this without legal help first. Sure, you can get a LOT of things online such a boarding contracts and so on, but what about state specific statutes that apply to boarding facilities, do you know where to look for those, or even how to apply them?

I know that you say an attorney isn't out of the question, which is good. You need legal help. Even if it is just to get your P's and Q's in order. No competent attorney's in your area? Then search outside of your area. My suggestion is not to go at it alone, yea, legal fee's suck now, and you probably don't trust an attorney as far as you can throw one, but think about how much you'll need an attorney (and appreciate legal fee's vs. thousands of dollars in damages) when something happens at your boarding facility?

Also, I like the idea of having everything taken care of before you start letting people on. Sure, it sounds great to start as soon as possible, but in my opinion it's kind of tacky to just add things here and there. Wait.. That kind of sounded snarky, didn't it? I'm sorry, If I were to go to a barn who wasn't completely set up, I'd start to wonder if maybe boarding was just an after thought, or just a hobby, not a profession.

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post #13 of 14 Old 12-14-2008, 04:32 PM
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Eagle eye, I would like to open a boarding facility this spring also. I'm looking into some of the same legal questions as you are. Have you got a quote for liability insurance? I think mine would run around $2,500/year. I am not sure I can get enough boarders in the beginning to off set this cost.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-29-2008, 10:43 AM
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Red face Boarding

I had to have my lawyer & liability insurance (homeowners doesn't cover boarding) underwriter approve my contracts. Also, thoroughly check out owners, thier history & experience (came easy for me, I'm also a landlord). Be very careful about help, too. A stall cleaner can ruin the atmosphere of your barn if they act or appear unprofessional.
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