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        04-08-2013, 03:50 PM
    Don't know about in Canada, but two therapeutic riding programs I've worked with in the US started off by renting a facility, just like you're describing. One program eventually bought the facility at a very favorable rate, while the other ultimately decided to move out to a smaller facility. When your friend is thinking about marketing, maybe target trainers (as others have suggested) or a therapy program needing a new home.
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        04-08-2013, 06:12 PM
    Not sure where you are located.. but I know in Moose Jaw, SK they have the Golden Mile Arena which is rented out to clubs for shows, and the indoor barn is rented along with it. I think they are a few self boarders there, and a couple trainers using the facility too.

    I know of trainers renting out a whole facility as well. It wouldn't be a terrible idea to market.
        04-08-2013, 06:20 PM
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    They just need to advertise it and would probably find boarders or trainer.
    They could advert for a manager in trade for board ?
    List it just for shows, or sales ?
        04-08-2013, 06:22 PM
    In a case like this the BO should call a general meeting, and explain the situation. Nothing like a team effort to work out a compromise. The boarders may be willing to make a few concessions to make it work and the BM would feel there's some support.
        04-08-2013, 06:44 PM
    The BM is someone that is less than good to say the least, and it isn't just my opinion the only reason she has the job is that they had interviewed and met worst. Sort of like better the devil you know than the one you don't. No one wants the job any ways, the owner is, well use your imagnation on names to say because you're probably not far off. He is not a business man, just a stupid one with lots of money.

    From what I understand keeping it a boarding stable isn't an option they want to consider right now, unless someone wanted to buy the whole property.The owner had two heart attacks and is elderly it was his grandfathers farm.

    I'm in the maritimes.

    I think if they can advertise it well that people would rent it, even if it's a trainer over the winter, clinics and small shows over the spring to fall. Mind you I have no say, while I'm related to one of the co owners, I'm not of the good side of the other owner.

    Just interested if other might think it's possible or done else where.

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