I need advicee! Co-Op barn
I am considering moving from my current barn because money is becoming an issue. The barn I am looking at is actually going to be a "co op" barn. It's a small operation...outdoor board is $100 and we are responsible for buying our own feed. By "co op" I mean that each boarder is responsible for taking one day of the week to do daily chores.
The property is on over 100 acres. Large pastures. Pond with waterfall that you are allowed to swim in with your horse, and in the process of getting an indoor and outdoor arena.
The ONLY reason I would consider this barn seeing as it is co op is because it will be managed by a friend and barn manager of my old barn. And all the boarders are friends and people that I would trust handling my horse.
But I would like more opinions from you guys!? What do you think?
I know what you mean with the money thing....I had a hard time accepting that I was going to have to pay a pretty penny to keep him somewhere, but it's worth it.
The place you are talking about sounds really nice! So are there no stalls at all? Or you choose not to use them (price reasons?). That might also be something to factor in is the condition/size, ect of the stalls. Will price go up once the arenas are built? but since they are friends and stuff, It might be more of a comfortable situation. Me personally, It was really hard to realize someone else will be taking care of my horse. Now that I think about it, there are 3 different ppl at my barn that take turns cleaning/feeding. I seem to be ok with it now. If it meets your standards than I would say go for it!
They currently have 8 stalls. But they put a bid on an 80 stall barn and arena that they are going to tear down, transfer and rebuild. Obviously, they won't use ALL 80 but I guess it was cheap? The barn they have right now is okay.
I used to ONLY do indoor board, but when I had to move..the barn I chose was REALLY nice, and I could only afford outdoor board which was $250. Now I don't mind it as long as they have a shelter...and mercedes doesn't like being in a stall anymore, lol.
ya well then it sounds like a great situation!
is that $100 a month? sounds pretty good for what you have :) id love to have a place with a pond and waterfall...how storybook like :)
Yes, $100 dollars for outdoor board. $150 for stall board.
Yeah! It is pretty...even in the winter when everything looks gross! lol The owner's husband is a landscape artist so you can only imagine what it looks like :P
Just kidding. But if you want to understand communism better, go to a co-op barn. The thing is, it's really not a bad system. The problems only arise when management becomes lazy and the boarders start to lose their interest in their own horses. I've seen it happen before but the only co-op barns I know of were doomed for failure anyways. They had been converted from traditional boarding stables into co-ops in an attempt to save them. Not the best premis. Thats why I generally avoid them.
This one sounds very nice though.
I think it sounds like a great situation and good for the price. you'll have to post pics if you end up moving!
a few months ago when I was first looking to move Thunder, I found a co-op barn. He said that if someone couldnt make it out that day to do their part or had work schedule change, ect. then he picked up the slack. You should also find out what happens if you or someone else can't make it out.
nah that's a great idea! it would be harder to put that kind of thing together and talk to everyone if they weren't friends! Nice set up :)
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