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post #1 of 3 Old 03-30-2020, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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starting a boarding facility business

so i am think about starting a business a my place. i have a huge roping arena, a 6 horse barn, 3 7-acre pastures, 1 5-acre pasture with a small pond, and i will have a full care facility. i am also trying to get my training business off the ground. i am open for any advice i can get. what should i do?
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-30-2020, 11:40 PM
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Regardless of the current situation, which dictates some business situations...

I would check zoning restrictions first. If those check out, I would look into insurance. If insurance is doable, I'd consider the carrying capacity of my land. If you are going to have to feed hay year round, I'd run a simple cost analysis for years when hay is less expensive vs more expensive in your area in relation to your target carrying capacity.

Beyond that there are many details for you to personally to decide. Will you be open 24/7, and available at all times? Will your barn offer full service or more of a self board? Will you charge for add ons like blanketing or getting supplements to particular horses? How will you manage parasite load and vaccinations in a herd?
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-31-2020, 09:42 AM
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agree with boots. I think first check with other boarding places in your area. Determine what level of service you are willing to offer. If you are a trainer you will need staff to take care of boarders etc if you have a lot of training clients. Land management is key for any boarding facility so you need to determine how many horses your pastures can support before they become over grazed.

Insurance is a big thing. Make sure you are covered as a trainer and a boarding facility. Do you already have a farrier that will do boarders horses, a vet lined up that will do multiples in a visit? Do you know of a place to buy shavings for the stalls at a good price? Feed in bulk that is reliable, enough hay for a full barn?

These are just some of the things I can think of. Boarding is a 24/7 business and many say it is not overly profitable.
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