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post #1 of 4 Old 08-06-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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What are your opinions on horse boarding or other jobs?

I am interested to board horses as one of my careers. I would also like to train horses - but board horses as well just in case training horses doesn't work out fully. It's always good to have a bit of a back-up plan.

But what are your opinions on horses boarding - whether you board horses or you own a boarding business. I'm not really sure what I am looking for right now, but I guess I can give a few questions to maybe help spark ideas.

What do you look for in a boarding facility?
D you mind if the owner does all the work or if s/he hires work to clean the stalls?
What do you look for in a stall for your horse?
Is boarding horses hard?

I can't really think of any right now - but anything would help!
My boss told me that the people suck when it comes to boarding, is that true as well??

Haha, I know this isn't that great of a thread - but it's all i can think of right now!

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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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I am interested to board horses as one of my careers. I would also like to train horses - but board horses as well just in case training horses doesn't work out fully. It's always good to have a bit of a back-up plan.

But what are your opinions on horses boarding - whether you board horses or you own a boarding business. I'm not really sure what I am looking for right now, but I guess I can give a few questions to maybe help spark ideas.

What do you look for in a boarding facility?
D you mind if the owner does all the work or if s/he hires work to clean the stalls?
What do you look for in a stall for your horse?
Is boarding horses hard?

I can't really think of any right now - but anything would help!
My boss told me that the people suck when it comes to boarding, is that true as well??

Haha, I know this isn't that great of a thread - but it's all i can think of right now!

I board and I work closely with the trainer/BO there so I hope I can give you some insight/help! :) Boarding in addition to training is a great way to help income but has some draw backs. Choose your clients carefully, some people are not good payers and they have no qualms about leaving a horse behind to escape board charges. (My boss has about five horses right now who people just abandoned). Training will take up a lot of time so be prepared for that and to put some of your personal horse projects on the back burner, this may increase if you have boarders too like when an emergency happens, etc. Also be prepared to handle drama, and all the craziness that some boarders can bring! There's also the 24/7 care that comes with taking care of others horses and the good people skills that come with that. Your trainers right, lol, people suck when boarding! I like to think I'm not like that, but with some of the boarders I have to deal with when I work/ even when I'm "off the clock" are just.... ungodly to put it mildly. As a side note, if you own your own facility be sure to allow time for repairs as well and to use your imagination when it comes to equipment because it's always good to be able to function with baling twine and on a low budget! ;) (A good one I learned early on was how to use baling twine to fix fencing and training equipment as well as how to use it to desensitize a horse!)

When I look at boarding facilities I look for a good atmosphere. No crazy people/snobby people to create drama and ruin a good time, and the care of the horse. One of my horses is out 24/7 rain or shine and is NEVER in, the other is out as well but comes in when she wants. I want my horses to be out on pasture as much as they want and I want to know that they're gonna be treated like horses and cared for! Also: I like places that don't mind if you go run around the farm on horseback and I don't like places that don't mind me helping out whenever I can.

I personally don't mind who does the maintenance (my BO does all of hers and I help out and do it whenever I'm there) but I'd like to be able to help whenever!

I think that boarding horses in some ways is as challenging (if not more so) than training. I stated my reasons above! lol

Hope this helped somewhat!
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I don't board, and I am very specific on how my horses are kept.

What do you look for in a boarding facility?
Nice people, little drama, lots of turnout if horses are stalled. Free choice hay or hay fed every 8 hours. Choice of hay and how much, same for feed. Will feed my grain. Stalls cleaned daily, lots of bedding, mats a plus, but must of bedding with them.

D you mind if the owner does all the work or if s/he hires work to clean the stalls?
Don't care as long it is done well and care for the horses.

What do you look for in a stall for your horse?
Window for horse to look out, dutch door for outside for emergencys to remove horses (such as fire). Runs are a huge plus! Must be graveled or closed of during wet seasons. Water intake monitors on automatic waters or handfilled is fine. Grills or mesh along the whole front, no solid doors. Half grilled walls in between horses a plus- covering no more than 3/4 of the wall so the horses can escape from meanies, or only have one wall grilled and the other solid wood. Mats also a plus, but must have bedding.

Is boarding horses hard?
For the BO or BM? Yes! You have to deal with lots of drama, picky, mean, people who ask a lot. It is a physically and mentally demanding job. You cant really earn anything from it, although boarding horses brings people in and spreads the word about your stable so you can do camps, lessons, shows, clinics, etc.

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