Open house for a horse stables?
Anyone know of any stables that did an Open house? I'm sure there is some around me that did, but don't know of them.
I was thinking of maybe talking to my BO about having an open house for her stables. All the girls that ride there said they are willing to do all the cleaning, and such, so the BO doesn't have to worry about the cleaning. I just thought it might be something fun to do, and all money we would earn would go to the BO to help pay for hay, grain, electricity bills, water bills, and so on.
I haven't told her about my idea yet, for I don't know if it would be a good idea.
I thought it would be fun to have a tour of the stables, pony rides for the kids (kids and adults...we'd use horses not ponies...so I guess it would be horsey rides :lol: ), then have some of the people that ride there perform infront of an audience (i.e. dressage, jumping, barrel racing, and so on).
Do you think that idea is something worth telling the BO about? Anyone have any past experience with an Open "stables"?
It would be alot of work because the arena is all dirty (due to the footing is dirt), and the stalls could use a good cleaning, but we could get it done. I know the girls who take lessons would love to help out, especially with the "horsey" rides (of course we'd use the calmest and best mannered horses at the stables), and I'm sure the girls would LOVE to perform their riding abilities infront of people.
Any suggestions, comments, personal accounts, and so on are greatly appreciated.
Never heard of it but it sure sounds fun!
Nope; but that'd be pretty cool.
i've never heard of that, but that seems like a great idea. I would say don't charge them for coming in, but charge like a few bucks for horsey rides. Even have drinks and some sort of food that people could buy. Maybe even have some horsey stuff (saddle blankets, little horse stuffed animals, horse treats. Anything that isn't too expensive but itsn't too cheap either. Oh! Great Idea. Have a place where people could get their picture taken with a horse. And have that as an option for the horsey rides too! I'm sure parents would jump on that for their kids!
Maybe even have like a discount on lessons. The people that go there can take a coupon thingy. That might drive people to take lessons if there's a coupon for some saving. You're BO would have to OK that though.
Oh! Another thing! If it's going to be like an all day thing, i would also include demonstrations of how to groom and tack/untack a horse. Even the proper way to mount/ dismount and lead a horse.
Would we have to worry about liability and have to pay extra to her insurance to have it? I mean, we'd of course choose the most bomb-proof, well mannered horses for the pony rides...but what would we need to do? There are wavers that we (the lesson girls) had to have our parents sign to take lessons...would we all just have them sign that? I know at regular pony rides they don't have them sign anything...but of course they are on a pony...not a 15 hand horse.
We were thinking of using the one bombproof mare (seriously I've never seen anything frighten her...all the horses were freaking out when the snow was falling off the roof...all she did was raise her head, looked around slowly, then went back to her hay.), a fairly bombproof gelding (using him because he is great on a lead rope and haven't seen him spook yet), a young paint (he is really calm despite his age), and hopefully my boy, Sonny (due to he's great when being led...doesn't spook when I'm close...and has a puppy dog personality that I think kids will enjoy). Would I need any special insurance if I used my horse?
If extra insurance is needed, then we won't be able to do it. The BOs husband is not working, he's had countless operations on his spine. He's practically bed-ridden, and the BO is the only one bringing in the money by doing riding lessons, boarding (only to two people), and piano lessons. Poor lady I feel so bad for her.
We were thinking of having raffles; maybe some gift certificates, and other stuff. Also one of the certificates would be maybe two free riding lessons, then another might be two free private lessons. And maybe some other fun stuff....saddle pads, horse books, horse movies, framed horse pictures.
Having demonstrations on how to tack up horses would be great!! Also maybe I can talk my farrier into giving a talk on hoof care.
It will be so much fun..hopefully we won't run into any insurance problems and a negative answer from the BO :wink:
unfortunately i know nothing about waivers. It is only like a 10 min pony ride and only at a walk. I would certainly exercise all the horses before the pony rides just in case they have a little extra spunk. I would maybe start out with 2 horses and see how things go. If you notice a lot of people wanting pony rides, grab another horse that already has his saddle on.
The raffles seem like a great idea! It would bring in extra money both ways (they'd pay for the tickets and if they get lessons, they'll probably take more than just the 2)
A farrier to not only talk about hoof car, but to actually shoe or trim a horse would be interesting as well.
I also thought of having like little mounted games, but that might get into the liability aspect. You could have like bean bags that the rider has to carry and has to toss them into a bucket. There could be different teams and it would be a race.
At my old barn we did that with the campers and they really enjoyed it. They'd root for their team and everything.
Do you plan on having like a flyer of all the availabe activities? If not, that would be a suggestion, just so everyone knows what's going on and where.
Are you going to have tours of the barn? You could limit it to a certain amount of people and have it go off every like 10 min. or so. I think that would really show that the stable is warm, friendly and that there is no "off limit area" (at my first barn, i was only allowed on one side because the other side was off limits. Didn't really like that too much).
I'll think for more stuff throughout the day and post them. But to me it seems like a great idea to have.
Oh, one more thing, how are you going to get the word out that you're having an open barn?
I know of a facility that had an open house. They had food and a lot of various riding demonstrations scheduled throughout the day.
If you want more clients to come in or if you want to people to just be aware of what that particular barn does, they are great to have.
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