Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
A couple of things to look at if you're considering this:
- insurance for the landowner is a necessity. This could raise the price significantly.
- most owners are not going to supply fencing and shelter on their own. If they could do that, they'd buy a piece of land and do it there.
- I've never heard of this arrangement for horses. The landowner at boarding facilities supplies fencing, shelter, and facilities. Usually also includes hay, bedding, and a basic grain as well.
- while we all want to think the horse owner will supply all care, it rarely works that way. What usually happens is that things go along swimmingly for the first few weeks. Then the owner starts skipping some things--- horses aren't fed every day. Water isn't supplied as it should be. Manure starts piling up causing odor and flies. The horses start losing weight or leaning on the fencing or get out because they're hungry and bored. An injury occurs and the owner doesn't notice. The land owner takes pity on the horses and starts caring for them himself/herself. Owner realizes someone else is feeding the horses and comes out even less. If things get bad and the authorities get involved, the land owner will often find themselves liable because the animals are on their property, thus they are in charge of providing food, water, and shelter whether the board agreement says so or not. Additionally, the land owner is liable if a horse were to escape and cause damage--- get into the neighbors garden, or be hit on the road. As the property owner, it's their responsibility to ensure animals cannot cause harm to others.
If I were to run a boarding facility, I would assume responsiblity for the horse's daily care. Not all owners are responsible, and even if they are, you still have stressed horses when some are fed at one time, some at others, some only get fed once a day, others twice or more, some are standing in dirty stalls while others are not, etc. It takes a hard heart to leave a self-care horse nickering hungrily in a dirty pen with no hay while other horses are eating because his owner had something come up at work and hasn't been out. Nope. That horse would be fed before I could sleep at night, and that defeats the whole point of self-care.... my horses right now on on a friend's property. We share cares and whoever is doing chores cares for all of the horses, not just our own. Then we know everyone is fed, happy, healthy and safe.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 05-17-2019 at 12:46 PM.