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post #1 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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How much would you pay for tack cleaning?

Hey guys!

I wanted to start a tack and supply cleaning business. I cleaned some tack for a local horse owner and she payed me $60 for her English and western saddle, martingale, and western bridle to be cleaned. She said that I did a really great job and that she would give me 7 more bridles to clean, so I thought this would be a great way to make some extra money!

I would like your opinions on how much I should charge per item, so just type the dollar amount next to each item and put it in the comments :)

English Saddle
English Saddle w/ stirrups and stirrup leathers
Western Saddle
Western Saddle w/ stirrups and stirrup leathers
Saddles with suede seats or accents
Martingale w/ metal accents (metal panels?)
English riding boots - short
English riding boots - tall
Western riding boots
Leather Chaps
Leather Half chaps
Chaps - other materials
Half chaps - other materials
Leather lead ropes

I also want to change the prices depending on how many pieces a western saddle has, and how long it will take to take it apart and put it back together to get a full cleaning. I would like to change the price depending on how dirty the item is as well ( if it just needs a polish, or it need a a thorough cleaning)

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 12:50 PM
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This is a nice little business to start & you've already got one happy customer! Put up notices in tack/feed stores & think up a good name you would like to use. Good luck to you!
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-04-2014, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl View Post
This is a nice little business to start & you've already got one happy customer! Put up notices in tack/feed stores & think up a good name you would like to use. Good luck to you!
Thank you! I was thinking "Hoofbeats Tack & Supply Cleaning"
I used to want to be an equine veterinarian, and wanted to create a mobile veterinary office and name it "Hoofbeats Equine Clinic", but now I want to be an art teacher, lol!
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-05-2014, 12:17 AM
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When I worked at a major feed store in WV I did saddle detailing and minor repairs and had a few good clients and was growing. When I moved to KY I have been trying for 8 years to get back to bussiness with no availl. I mean nothing, no matter how much I advertise. Its amazing that I live in the heart of horse country and cant get any bussiness what so ever. Its sad and I am thinking about giving it all up permenatly. I have advetised ALOT and this time around based on my charge that I used back in WV.

English saddle detailing is 60 dollars
Western saddles regardelss of tooling 85 dollars and bridles are 20 to 35 dollars.
Chaps (smooth grain) and articles of such are based upon idividual estimate and I am usualy very fair.

Halters are 10 for one but I have group rates for more than one halter. (halters are ususaly pretty crusty) Martingales ,surcingles and etc are usualy 10 dollars give or take some. I didnt get much call for those though. Usualy just repairs.

Good luck

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-05-2014, 03:37 AM
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I would guess it would depend on the type of horse people in your area. For instance, I just clean my own tack and would never dream of paying anyone to do it. But I am cheap that way and I enjoy cleaning tack. So I would be more likely to start a tack cleaning business myself than pay someone else. I also do my own hoof trimming.

But I could see how in a more affluent area, someone with disposable income would rather pay someone to do that then do it themselves. But you have to have the right clientele for that.

If you are skilled at repairs, you might try to focus your advertising more on tack repairs......because the average person doesn't do that themselves. And then also offer tack cleaning services along with it. Best of luck! Sounds like fun!
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-01-2014, 09:59 PM
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I know this may possibly sound cheap, but to clean, condition and wax an English saddle with buffing between each step should be about $20.00. If I'm not distracted I can usually finish one in about twenty minutes. It's not that hard, but very tedious.
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