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itsallskill74 07-04-2010 08:36 PM

Need help!!!!
Hi, my dad and I bought a beautiful 150 acre farm and we are devoting most of it to horse boarders. We have at the least 25 acres of pure pasture. We also fixed up a old cow barn and made it into a beautiful horse barn with a secure tack room and very good security. Infact, we have a couple living less than 100 ft from the horse barn in a cottage to protect the horses. Anyways, we have spent the last 2 years fixing up the neglected farm and now it's beautiful. We have white plastic fencing, no electric fencing, we produce our own hay and we have enough for 16 horses for a year now, although we still have probably another 4000 bales we can cut. We have a class A stream infront of the barn and it is always a georgeous view. Whenever it rains and becomes sunny, there's always a rainbow. The farm is also right next to meadow breeze park which hosts soccer and baseball games.. it's truly a nice area. Anyway our barn has 16 stalls and we give all the horses fresh water hay and grain everyday. We also have an extremely large outdoor arena that is 80 ft x 200 ft with jumps. Now the problem is we can't get any boarders in the barn and my dad isn't making any money and we have less than a year or we have to sell the whole farm. We have a banner up on the high way on route 57 (attached to our hay wagon), we have advertized on craigslist and the local newspaper, and have put flliers up somewhat. We have run out of ideas so I was wondering if anyone can help my dad and I out. We don't know how to get people to rent into our barn. We already have 4 horses in the barn which is our family's and friends, but we have 12 stalls we must rent out. Please help! BTW we are asking $450/Mo which is not unreasonable in the area. Our website is Thanks! - Shawn

mistygirl 07-04-2010 08:53 PM

put an advertisement in a local newspaper. that has always worked for the barn i bored at.

kmdstar 07-04-2010 08:55 PM

What alot of people around here do is make out little business cards or fliers and put them up on bulletin boards in feed and tack shops, or stores/diners surrounding area where there is alot of need for horse business.

ilyTango 07-06-2010 01:52 PM

Your place sounds awesome.

Just keep advertising! Everywhere you can, make fliers, business cards, hand them out anywhere you can. Put them up in windows of tack shops or feed mills or wherever horse people are likely to visit.

I think your contacts are the most important thing, too. Get all your horsey friends to spread the word out to their friends, and get them to tell everyone just how awesome the place is.

I really hope it turns out well!

Cinnys Whinny 07-06-2010 02:02 PM

This may take a little doing but since you have a nice arena, have you considered hosting a "play day?" You don't have to do it all fancy with a ton of expensive prizes...ribbons and the such are pretty cheap or trinkets off of would also suffice. This would get horse people out to at least SEE your place and the facilities you have. You could advertise the "play day" pretty much everywhere. A lot of times the hardest part is just getting people to look at your place. Even if people come who aren't looking to board, horse people like to go by word of mouth so if they hear someone saying they want to board they might just recommend your place after seeing it.

You have jumps, do you have poles and barrels? Maybe since it's getting close to October you can do a costume contest of some sort. There are a lot of books with fun games too like the Telephone book race, egg spoon, ribbon race etc.

The stable I was boarding at in CA ALWAYS ended up with a few new boarders after hosting a "play day" or some sort of it may be worth the try.

ilyTango 07-06-2010 02:10 PM

^^Ooo, that's a good idea!

cakemom 07-06-2010 02:12 PM

That is indeed a great idea. Invite the local 4H club as well, the riders in it, those children many times are great to have around. If you don't have a local 4H, and are interested in starting one that would be a way to get boarders in also.
Plus, do you have someone willing to give lessons at your place? People many times board where they lesson here, rather than trailering in for lessons.

Cinnys Whinny 07-06-2010 02:14 PM

Oh I almost forgot, you probably would want to start advertising at least a month in advance. Get people REALLY talking about the play day, and getting what they need prepared to go. Oh, an "End of summer bash" LOL. Okay, I think I'm getting out of I want to go to a play day lol.

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