02-09-2012, 05:31 PM
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Honestly, you can't expect to make much if you don't do any of the work yourself. Is it a 10 stall, or 10 stables? I own a 10 stall barn on 11 acres and do only FULL CARE. If you let people do their own work they will be showing up once a day maybe, and your barn will always be dirty and full of flies. People will ask you could you do it just this time? And you'll find yourself doing it all anyway. What happens when one owner runs out of hay or grain? Would you feed yours to their horse? Could you let a horse go unfed? Who pays for shavings? Where do they put the manure, and how do they get it there? Do you have a way to get rid of a HUGE PILE of manure? It piles up quickly. Where is everyone suppose to keep their hay and grain? How do you keep it all separate? What happens when someone uses others supplies?
Just think it over very hard, it's a lot of work running a boarding stable. Then there is always DRAMA!
You might be happier with a smaller 3 - 5 acres and keep a friends horse for company. It's a lot less work.
If you do the Stable be ready to work 365 days a year or find someone who will fill in for you on holidays. It's a real big decision. Think it over carefully.
Also, how much knowledge do you have to handle horses that may not behave well all the time? And do you know how to handle emergencies, colic and such?
If a horse is hurt or having a colic you will be the one who has to handle it until the vet and owner arrive.
Also, if you do decide to do this, Please make sure all fencing is safe so you can avoid injury. Horses often kick at a horse in the paddocks next to them, if they kick the fence will they be injured? HOT ROPE is a safe cross fence. Wire is not. Perimeter Fence needs to be sturdy, wire and wood.
Good LUCK if you do it!
Hope I've given you some food for thought.