01-04-2012, 11:41 AM
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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!