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        01-04-2012, 10:04 AM
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    Weanling
    Horse camping

    We are in the process of purchasing a 60-acre farm. Well, actually we are purchasing 10 acres- the other 50 will be a lease/purchase but we will have full use of it. My horses live there already. It is a beautiful property surrounded by crown land (forest) with access to miles and miles of lovely trails. There is also a small lake on the property which is spring fed with a sandy bottom- very clear water and great for swimming. Our plan is to put in some market gardens and raise some chickens and pigs. I also had an idea to put in a camping area near the lake, with a few portable corrals so people could come and camp with their horses, and enjoy the beautiful trails in the area. I am wondering what people think of this idea- the pros and cons- whether people would use it and how much they would pay
         
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        01-04-2012, 10:10 AM
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    Foal
    We have this type of arrangement available to us at a local county park. The price is about $10/night and includes water and electricity. There are about twenty spots available with a common shower/rest room and a covered picnic area that is shared. The times that we've stay over (it's about five miles from home so we don't stay much) we've seen a few other campers; about five at most. It's rustic but pretty nice for testing camping equipment and methods for planned trips that will be further away from home. We have managed a week away about five years ago and really enjoyed it. I look forward to doing it more this coming year. I like your idea, but I hope you don't intend to get rich. There's no money in it really. I'd suggest you shop the prices for camping without a horse in your area and use that as a base line for pricing. Good luck!
         
        01-04-2012, 10:25 AM
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    Started
    I like the idea but if its on private property remember liabilty of injury for horse and rider and the constant clean up after visitors who don't pick up after themselves and the no privacy on your property :/

    Other then that when are you going to do this would love to come visit :p
         
        01-04-2012, 10:41 AM
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    Trained
    Sounds like an awesome place! Post picts!!! Congrats!

    We have a pretty big operation. Cabins, campground, horse facilities, event venue, then our smaller farm with chickens, our horses, dogs, and a large garden. Get ready to be worn out and especially with campgrounds, it's a pretty slow return on investment unless you go large scale. We often have trail riders come out and use temporary corals next to their campsites. We have hookups (55), a super nice showerhouse, etc. and it does fine. It's a ton of work and you get pretty tied down, especially on the holidays and weekends. So give it a lot of thought!
    With no hookups you can (around here) get $8 a night per person, then $10 a night for the horse. Drawbacks: strange horses/people on your own personal property (why we have our separate farm!), you'll have to get some REALLY good expensive insurance, rowdy groups can be a handful, trash hauling- if you are rural you have to rent a dumpster and that gets pretty pricey, the list goes on... Marketing is also pretty pricey.
    Pros: Meeting cool people, seeing lots of nice horses, having a family business gives you a bit of flexibility during the week. There are more I think!

    If you want to make more profit you can offer package deals that include guided rides, campfire meals, entertainment, weddings, reunions... Good luck!
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        01-04-2012, 11:00 AM
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    mls
    Trained
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    if its on private property remember liabilty of injury for horse and rider a
    Yep! Lots of big trail rides have been canceled due to the insurance companies no longer wanting to cover the events.
         
        01-04-2012, 12:05 PM
      #6
    Trained
    One idea... I've been considering this here at home...
    To get your feet wet try some seasonal boarding, and then charge additional fees for them to camp out on site.
    We have AMAZING trails around our house and have thought to board on a monthly basis during peak seasons so people could come ride often. Then they would take their horses home during off seasons. Give me a short break! We have several friends, know other people that haul out here to ride weekly that have inquired to do so. Still working on our 80 acre farm, not quite up to snuff yet but a thought for the future!
         
        01-04-2012, 07:41 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Well to start with I was just planning to clear an area for "rustic" camping, with access to a couple of corrals and some picnic tables. There is already an "outhouse" there with water (gravity fed from an overhead tank w water pumped from the lake). The lake is far away from our house, with 2 fields and a grove of trees in between, and it has its own road in to it so privacy shouldn't be a huge issue. I'll have to look into insurance, for sure. I'll take some pics next time we have a nice day, because it is a beautiful spot surrounded by huge old growth trees and a creek, and lots of pretty areas to camp. Eventually we would like to build a little cabin or two there, but that will be way down the road.
         

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