Originally Posted by Jamesstephens2014 View Post
Hi Jaydee. I have already spoken to the council and a consultant who I know is handling that. The council were actually quite positive. Thank you for your advice ;)
Most councils are accommodating, some areas can be more fussy about how you maintain the place than others, I know several farmers who've done what you're proposing, its quite a lucrative business venture if you're in a horse intensive part of the country.
I would also suggest at least one good sized arena with floodlights - so many horse owners work and rely on riding early mornings and evenings to keep horses exercised and that means you're riding in the dark a lot of the time. If you're aiming at competition riders then having a second arena/manège where jumps can be permanently in place is a good idea. An indoor is wonderful but not everyone can run to that expense
Provide secure parking for trailers and horse boxes.
Lockable individual storage facilities for tack, equipment and rugs - one of the biggest causes of conflict on livery yards is people borrowing other people's stuff!!
Sufficient space for each owner to store feed - as rodent proof as possibly can be. I would leave it up to individual owners to figure out how to make their feed bins lockable
Space to store straw or shavings or other bedding materials
Decide if you're going to manage the facility yourself or employ someone to do it even if its just part time. If you get the right sort of owners a part time employee can earn their money by you providing services like turning horses out, bringing them in, changing rugs, mucking out stables etc Places that leave it up to the owners to self manage a yard are really lucky if they can get it to work well.
Have a wet weather plan, I don't know what your grounds like there but I do know yards where they have to insist on 24/7 stabling in really wet weather or they end up with land that looks like an unsightly bog that takes half of the summer to grow decent grass again
Try to provide some form of quarantine facility for new horses if you can and have a policy in place that insists on things like worming and vaccinations
Not sure what you plan on doing with the acreage but if you can provide a paddock for horses and ponies that need restricted grazing rather than go out on the whole lot it helps owners
Think about fencing. Barbed wire and sheep netting is OK for livestock but with horses doesn't always end well