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Cruiser 04-08-2013 02:49 PM

Repurposing a Boarding Barn
Sorry about the title not a hundred precent sure what to call this or where it should go. This isn't about me but is a real situation that someone I know very well is going through.

They built a boarding/training/lesson barn big indoor 20 stalls, outdoor arena and a three arce field that is great for riding in. Fast forward three years, the owner gets really sick and can't work in the barn and the BM is a pain to deal with but can't find anyone to replace her. Board isn't making money and the lessons are limited because the BM is the instructor and she is less than great with adults and teens.

The choices are to sell it (they've already sold all their horses but a few lesson horses), or find another use that wouldn't need heavy work every day three or four times a day. And does need to have hay made (they make there own hay). They had thought of just renting the place for the day for shows, clinics and individuals. All ready have the insurance, and at the most need a couple part time workers for general maintence.

I was just wondering if this is even a viable idea? I mean I would pay to trailer in a horse to use the indoor and trails. But I don't know if there is a need for show/clinic facilites. Is there places like that around in general (Canada or US)? Would you rent it by the stall, hour, day?

They are in a place where every other person has at least one horse if not two or three, not all have an arena or even close to trails. Also they already host clinics and fun shows.

Thanks, any opinion is great.

DancingArabian 04-08-2013 02:56 PM

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Corporal 04-08-2013 02:59 PM

Have you contacted the Canadian Olympic committee (Equestrian)?
You could market it. I'm pretty sure that CA"s old place was the one that sat on the market for several years in Lima, OH. It finally sold.

churumbeque 04-08-2013 03:14 PM

Rent the hay ground and use the barn for starage.

Corporal 04-08-2013 03:17 PM

I like offering it for clinics, but I'm not sure how $ the insurance would be.

Cruiser 04-08-2013 03:24 PM

I guess it's difficult to explain everything if I didn't care if I was identified I would post picture but no an option. But close your eyes or not because you need to read.

You turn in and on your right is a huge slightly slanted hill going down into a trout pond, than rises again to another field than a house. Behind the house is a huge red barn used for hay storage and wagon storage. To the left of the red barn is a work shop and harnessing room (the owner showed draft ponies).

Than opposite of those barns about 200' away is horse barn has about 8 tie stalls, next to that is a hay barn, next to that is a huge 80 by 180 cover all building, most of it is a arena with box stall, viewing room, tie stalls and tack room. The outdoor arena is along the long side of the coverall closest to the road (still far off). Large parking lot in front and to the side of the barns.

I think they are having someone else hay the fields now. They already pay insurance for shows and clinics, boarders etc.

kenda 04-08-2013 03:27 PM

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What about just offering self board?

Or renting the whole facility to a trainer?

Corporal 04-08-2013 03:28 PM

It just kinda screams a training facility with one trainer in charge. How warm are those buildings in the middle of a Canadian winter?

Maple 04-08-2013 03:30 PM

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I dont know what the market is like there, but what about renting out on a DIY basis and rent out the arena for clinics, lessons, ect. Over here alot of yards are run on a DIY basis - owner pays for use of the box/facilities and BO does no work, it runs about €25 per week here. They could continue to make hay, and sell/supply the boarders that way.

Cruiser 04-08-2013 03:32 PM

Don't know if they've consider self board, he came across as full board or no board.

No trainer whats to rent the whole place.

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