What if the horses don't get along? Is there a place to get the horse ready? There are legal things to be aware of as far as keeping horses, boarding etc.
Who is going to GIVE the food and water?
Where will you store it?
Who is responsible? What if something goes wrong? Sick horse? Loose horse? Boarder leaves gate open? What if a horse needs to be separated?
Thanks for your response, things may be different here in Nebraska?
I could have each horse in its own pen, with a round bale feeder in the center, feeding all pens. Water would be from an automatic livestock waterer, that is also heated in the winter.
I would feed round bales my self, I have a large tractor with a loader set up to lift large round bales. 1500 lbs.
I planned on having a cattle guard at the gate in case someone forgot to close the gate.
I was thinking of keep it small, 5 to 10 horses so the owners could be checked out by me easily.
I like the idea of a pinwheel (different pens with water, food in middle.) You will need multiple sheds though.
No reason you couldn't have a group turnout but different options is always good.
Careful with automatic waterers, esp if this is "hands off" they really need to be checked and you need to be sure the horses are drinking.
Still not my personal preference but sounds more doable.
Cattle guard plus horses = dead horses.... please do NOT do this, and yes as said you obviously WANT to take the horses out some time.
There will always be some risk, a boarder could leave the gate open anywhere. I'm just concerned that no one was around.
I'm also concerned that you are throwing back ideas to my questions but say something like "cattle guard". Sounds like you are in the beginning stages of planning and just theorizing? I'm just worried that you think that would be a good idea, doesn't sound thought out (yet?)
natisa- They would need to know there was an emergency first!!
The barn I board at now is in a backyard and the owner and her husband may or may not be home, I don't expect them to stay home all day, but I at least know someone is around regularly and if they leave they will make sure the horses are all set first.
The barn I work at has 2 full time employees for 7 horses as well as a weekend employee. The owner used to live onsite but moved (she is elderly). When we leave the horses are tucked in and the barn is shut up. There is an alarm system wired directly to 911 for fires. This is on a main street.
A barn I looked into boarding at and liked was a coop setup. There were 7ish? stalls? Everyone was expected to take shifts am/pm to turn horses in and out and feed. The owner of the building was not into horses but lived directly above the barn and as such would know in an emergency.
My parents have the horses across the street from the house and are out there minimum 2x/day.
Now you don't need to worry about turnout obviously but they need to be checked. It's just too dangerous otherwise. They can do and will get into trouble, that's what they are best at!
You don't need to be there 24/7 that is unrealistic but I would expect someone to be "around" and personally that is a requirement for me. I know if the lady where I board was gone she would have someone (probably me lol) out minimum twice a day to check. Even if you won't be there "full time" that is really the minimum and like I said for a regular thing that wouldn't be enough for me, I would want the owner/manager living onsite.