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post #21 of 39 Old 12-11-2015, 06:39 PM
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I would charge for a large pen with rain cover and hay twice a day $175.00 . This would not work for everyone, depending on the cost of hay, property taxes etc.
Pasture board in my area is Expensive as it must be irrigated, and we are in severe water shortage.
Most public boarding is currently $175 to 250 per month for a corral , cover, tack shed, and hay morn and night.
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post #22 of 39 Old 12-11-2015, 09:18 PM
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Daytime supervision is a MUST IMO. If the horses were to get injured, you need to know about it asap, not the next day or later that night.
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post #23 of 39 Old 12-11-2015, 09:58 PM
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The farm I board at is a pretty basic setup in comparison to others. It's a 20+ acre farm separated into 4 or so large pastures (they spent this summer clearing the back to add more), a large out door riding area that right now doesn't have any footing (that is also used for quarantine for new horses since it's away from the other pastures), just grass (WISH they had a true riding arena). We have one large round pen, but there's only 6 active boarders, the rest that are boarding have their horses there for training, so usually we aren't fighting for the round pen. The owners and trainer (they're family) live on site, and no matter what time I have gone, someone is always there, and they are always helpful. For example, my horse injured his eye 2 weeks ago, and they kept me updated in the mornings via phone call to how it was doing in case I wanted to call the vet out again, I could get an appointment ASAP in the day. Also in my opinion the best equine vet in town lives 4 houses down, which is awesome.

My horse is pasture kept. Pasture board here is $200 a month. That price includes high quality hay ($4.75 a bale to get an idea) The strictly pasture kept horses stay in the 8 acre pasture that has a large 3 sided barn as well as 2 watering troughs (manual), on either side. During the summer, that pasture is actually cross fenced, and they rotate the horses every 2 weeks to keep the grass healthy for grazing.

My horse right now is just pasture kept. I still have access to the barn minus a stall. We have an indoor wash bay, large tack room that's sealed off and has a dehumidifier running and I've had my saddle there for several months, and we've had a lot of rain there and not a speck of mold. The feed room also has a sink as well as a restroom. They feed twice a day, but we supply the grain and supplements.

Even though we don't have a true riding arena, we have access to a lot of areas to ride and our town is known for horse trails so we're a short ride away from many great areas. They also allow for trailer parking, to my understanding is included with board. I don't have a trailer yet so that's been off my radar.

If you can, scope local places out by you that board to see what you'd be willing to offer to up your game if you're interested in seriously doing this. Otherwise, I really do think maybe setting it up as storage may be a way easier and more lucrative business.
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post #24 of 39 Old 12-12-2015, 10:54 AM
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I don't know what Nebraska board prices are, but here in OK that sort of set up would be considered just a hair above a pasture lease arrangement and you'd be lucky to get $75/mo for it. If it was just MY horses loose on the property I might go for it, but to take in boarders is taking on a huge liability. As a horse owner who was looking to board, I wouldn't even consider it for any amount of money, especially when I can have a stall, run out, daily turn out and full board for around $300.

And just FYI, as a horse owner for many many years, I won't have an automatic waterer, and I especially would not have one as the horses only source of water. They break and freeze way too easily to be considered reliable and if you once have a horse whose sole mission in life is to flood the pastures and barns at every opportunity, you'll get rid of them and never want another.
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post #25 of 39 Old 12-12-2015, 07:01 PM
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I wouldn't do it. First, I wouldn't board my horses anywhere there wasn't some kind of supervision throughout the day. I have a small boarding barn, and for a while it was just my horses so I kept them on our pasture full time, on a round bale. At first, we had a round bale feeder. After my clutsy gelding got his head stuck in it twice, we got rid of it and wrapped the round bale in construction mesh. Then came the board breaking. For two weeks straight my horses were breaking boards nearly every day, and escaping into the neighbors yard. If I didn't live on property, and visually check my pasture every couple of hours, my horses could have traveled a long way and been picked up by animal control or hit by a car before I knew they were out. Then I had a boarder come along. Two weeks into being at my place, the horse colicked. I was able to look out my window and see him thrashing in the pasture, and immediately call his owner and the vet.

Without someone checking on the horses at least twice a day, you'd be hard pressed to find boarders.

Then your feed set up. The pin wheel idea is good, but what about horses who get am and pm grain? Or who need extra hay? Is that the boarders responsibility?

A place to store feed, a place to store tack, a wash rack, a grooming area away from the pastures... All of this would have to be built, and electricity and water run to it.

And even then, you'd be lucky to get 150/month for it.
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post #26 of 39 Old 12-13-2015, 01:03 AM
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Assuming no arena? Around here prices would range from $50-$250 for that sort of deal - closer to $250 if there's an arena nearby and if someone would be living on property. And honestly, I can't say I know anyone that would pay a dime around here for a facility that would not have a knowledgable owner or Manager on property 24/7 (or close to it). You also say you don't think it's worth it if you can't get at least $150 per horse .... I really hope you aren't trying to get into boarding for money, you will definitely not make that $150 or what have you each month, that $150 or whatever price is will be out toward the horses and upkeep of the property (property taxes, feed, insurance, etc etc.) sooo what you charge per month also has a great deal with what it will cost to run said facility and care for said horses.

How experienced with horses are you? You say you or your family has had horses in the past - but how much experience do you personally have? I don't mean "my family used to have horses so I plunked around on them and fed them hay". I mean real experience. Most people wouldn't touch a facility that did not have an experienced and knowledgable owner, sorry to say.
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post #27 of 39 Old 12-13-2015, 04:07 PM
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I certainly understand trying to utilize the property, but I don't feel this is a good idea at all. For what would be offered I can't see anyone paying more than the minimum amount for the area and that would mean more horses to realize any kind of profit. More horses (and owners) means also more possible problems.

The main issue is that there would be no reliable person on the property. Locking a gate does not deter theft or someone coming to mess with the horses and any illnesses or injuries could go unnoticed for too long. My present "boarding" situation is at the farm that I manage with the BO. She sees the horses in the early morning. I arrive at mid morning and stay until late afternoon. Then she arrives early evening and checks on everyone again around 10:00 PM, so there are only a few hours each day without someone on the property. Admittedly we do have indoor and outdoor arenas but the board is $500.00 per/month
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post #28 of 39 Old 12-13-2015, 05:07 PM
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That sort of board is pretty common in my area. I'm currently paying $45 a week for a paddock with no hay and no manager on site - no feeding at all however there is a round yard and an undercover arena. There is always grass and it rotates between two 7 acre paddocks with a herd of 6. There are also yards, holding for farrier etc.

Prior to this I paid $20 a week for a 35 acre paddock with 3 other horses. No care and no areas to ride but unlimited grass. I've also paid $20 for a share paddocks with about 10 other horses - again no care but there was a round yard and trails. Grass ran out over winter and I had to come to feed hay.
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post #29 of 39 Old 12-13-2015, 06:23 PM
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Perhaps things are different here, IDK. In the past I have been obliged to 'share' grazing with several other horses in a large area, and you don't always get to pick who they share with.

On these occasions it has been grazing only. No barn, tackroom, hay or overseer. Each person was responsible for their own horse's care feeding etc. The landowner kept the watertroughs in order and fences, but often it was up to us (the boarders) to point out if there was a problem. TBH I recall hardly ever seeing the landowner unless I had to report issues or make payments.

If the paddocks (fields) are big enough horses lower in the pecking order will keep away from trouble. You can also help prevent trouble by spreading the hay out well so all animals will get some.

Life happens and there are times you can't get there every day and we would watch out for each others horses. Its easy enough to phone and let someone know if there is an issue. Ultimately it is a horse owners responsibility to check their horse, whatever else is arranged. A good idea is to keep a laminated sheet, book, pad or something with boarders phone numbers where they can each contact another should the need arise. Have a copy where boarders can easily refer to it.

You have to trust most people will be responsible and decent about everything but in the event someone isn't prepared to be fair you may need to tell them to move on for the good of the rest of the setup. It will be part of your responsibility to sort out niggles and you will have to be fair and firm about it.

If the horses need extra feeding it is up to the owner to do that or arrange for someone to do it for them (barnowner, fellow boarder, family). At some places you could pay a bit extra and get a separate paddock for your horses.

What I would do is decide how you want to set up your property. Have an area for the boarders to bring their horse to groom feed etc, separately from each other.
- What storage room will be available for them.
- What rules will you need (unfortunately, you will need rules)..for instance if boarders keep tack and feed there and it can't be locked away separately, you will have to insist No Borrowing without express permission.
- You are feeding hay. Decide how much, how often, stick to that strictly, then the boarders know where they are with other feeding.
- Tidying, expect them to clean up after themselves. Have a manure area and wheelbarrow/shovels available.
- Check out the legal aspects in your area, and a written contract between you and boarders will help prevent issues.
- Personally look at what other boarding places in your wider area are charging and what they are providing for the money. Decide on an amount and offer your wares. No responses could mean you want too much, but you will work out the details. If you think your charge is fair be patient, it might take a bit of time to get known. If you charge too little you will find other things you wont be satisfied that your time has worth.
- You could arrange with a good farrier for regular visits to work on several horses for a small discount each. Get a general idea what sort of time suits most boarders then it is up to them to work in with things. I'm sure you can work out some details.

You don't want to set yourself up to be changing things at every whim, so you need to decide what will work for you. Especially to start you will need to be a bit flexible, and when something doesn't work discuss it and go from there.

The one thing I cant really account for is your weather. Our winters get nowhere near a cold as yours (except the high country) so you will need to consider if you need to address that as an issue.

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post #30 of 39 Old 12-13-2015, 06:37 PM
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Pasture board around here is about $100-$200 a month.

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