Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: On the golden coast of Michigan
From what I've been told, you can't make money (or that much) from boarding horses. Unless you find a way to have a higher fee, etc. it would be pretty hard.
I like boarding barns, they can be very great or your worst nightmare. The one I'm at is awesome, great people, etc.
What I look for in a boarding facility is quality, a great/happy/encouraging atmosphere, great people, knowledgeable people, etc.
As for work, it truly doesn't matter to me as long as the stalls are nice and clean for my horse. At my barn the BO hires people (including myself) to clean the stalls, feed, bring the horses out, etc.
Stall wise I look for how large it is, how much bedding is constantly put in, how the walls look (if they're chewed up or not), what is in the stall that can't/can be taken out if needed, if they're automatic waters in there, and so on.
It can be as hard as you want it or as easy as you want it depending on what you would want to board at. Everything should be taken into consideration when you board. Definitely depends on the people who board there and how everyone deals with the drama, etc. It could also suck because you have to supply all the hay, grain, water, etc. (unless the owners of the horses supply it). Last year's drought was terrible and my BO had a very hard time getting hay. We were very worried about getting hay and it was a very stressful situation for us because we had no idea what will happen. The barn I'm at now the BO had pre-ordered her hay and when she went to pick it up, the hay supplier sold it to another barn. So she had to start all over. Just like everything, running a facility has its ups and downs. I for one, haven't had the experience of running one but I've only been told what its like.
Good luck when you start this! It can be pretty great owning a boarding facility.
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