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post #1 of 27 Old 11-26-2017, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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horse friendly airbnb

Hope I am posting this in the right place, if not let me know! Not very experienced with horses. But am thinking of doing a Airbnb with horse boarding. The property is a small 2 bedroom house, fenced in, pet friendly, and a empty lot next door with 6 foot chain link fence surrounding it. Also a primitive "bunk house" is on the property. The property borders the Forest Service, has a couple gates and lots of trails for riding. Is this type of service popular? A house to stay in, fenced yard for dog and horses, hose bib for water for horse. Is there health issues for multiple horses sharing a water tank or stalls? I assume I would need to build some sort of shade for the horses.

The area is one of the best for elk hunting in Arizona, unit 22. Plus quail, deer, fishing are all near by. Getting popular with mountain bikers also.

What amenities would be expected if I do this? What is a fair price to charge? Any advice?
Again sorry if I am out of line posting here!
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-26-2017, 10:25 AM
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I have no idea about this, but it sounds like a good possibility. Maybe check a local feed store to see if the area is popular with horse back riders.

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post #3 of 27 Old 11-26-2017, 11:23 AM
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Heck, sign me up! Sounds like a perfect vacation place!

You could do rustic and camp-like, or nicer and more modern. The only thing I'd expect for the horses would be a shelter, running water, and phone #s for local farrier, people to buy hay from etc. Anything else would be frosting on the cake. Then for the house itself it would be nice to have running water and a bathroom, functional kitchen, washer and dryer would be fantastic.

The nicer you make it the more you could charge, of course. Wash rack for the horses.....hot tub...... :)
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post #4 of 27 Old 11-26-2017, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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The house will sleep 4 in the bedrooms, one queen, pair of twins, hide a bed sofa add two more, washer/dryer, internet. Maybe a TV and Netflix most likely no cable or dish. Kitchen needs to be remodeled, as does the bathroom, but that's what I do for a living. the bunkhouse will have 4 twin beds and 12 volt lighting, no heat or ac. House has heat and AC. Views from the property go on for many miles, really pretty. Stocked fishing stream 3-5 miles away. Payson and shopping is 10 minutes away. Hour and a half from Phoenix and 15-20 degrees cooler at 5500 foot elevation. Juniper/ ponderosa pines surround the area. The house was built in the 1950's but has had some upgrades. Covered parking, 2 BBQ grills, one propane, one charcoal.
I was wondering if horses spread illness by drinking from common water tanks or sharing stables? Would I need pipe stables or would just the fenced lot work? How hard are horses on chain link? What is a fair price to allow horses?
My concern is can I book enough people to make more than just renting the house? Never know till I try. Thanks for the responses!
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-26-2017, 11:50 AM
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Not sure as to how far off road you are, remote, ect
There are two types of trail riders, JMO, those that want to ride but have all the amenities of civilization, and those that wish to get away from it all, where location and prime wilderness is worth some inconvenience.
Don't know where your place fits into, as to what is needed for basics, would depend on that fact.
I don't stay at any of these accommodations, but am aware of some of the amenities offered at these places, both types, with a very important feature being some sort of cooked meals provided.
I do know, that after riding all day, the chore of cooking supper is a major 'job', Would be great to just look after the hroses, sit back and enjoy a cooked meal.
Most of these facilities also have horses that can be rented, and guides to take riders out.
The appeal of these places, in part, is even if life has made it difficult to have ahorse at the time, you can enjoy a riding vacation
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The house will sleep 4 in the bedrooms, one queen, pair of twins, hide a bed sofa add two more, washer/dryer, internet. Maybe a TV and Netflix most likely no cable or dish. Kitchen needs to be remodeled, as does the bathroom, but that's what I do for a living. the bunkhouse will have 4 twin beds and 12 volt lighting, no heat or ac. House has heat and AC. Views from the property go on for many miles, really pretty. Stocked fishing stream 3-5 miles away. Payson and shopping is 10 minutes away. Hour and a half from Phoenix and 15-20 degrees cooler at 5500 foot elevation. Juniper/ ponderosa pines surround the area. The house was built in the 1950's but has had some upgrades. Covered parking, 2 BBQ grills, one propane, one charcoal.
I was wondering if horses spread illness by drinking from common water tanks or sharing stables? Would I need pipe stables or would just the fenced lot work? How hard are horses on chain link? What is a fair price to allow horses?
My concern is can I book enough people to make more than just renting the house? Never know till I try. Thanks for the responses!
Oh, so very , 'civilized' Not my type of horseback riding, so I will let others that prefer that type of riding to give you some feedback on viability
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The house will sleep 4 in the bedrooms, one queen, pair of twins, hide a bed sofa add two more, washer/dryer, internet. Maybe a TV and Netflix most likely no cable or dish. Kitchen needs to be remodeled, as does the bathroom, but that's what I do for a living. the bunkhouse will have 4 twin beds and 12 volt lighting, no heat or ac. House has heat and AC. Views from the property go on for many miles, really pretty. Stocked fishing stream 3-5 miles away. Payson and shopping is 10 minutes away. Hour and a half from Phoenix and 15-20 degrees cooler at 5500 foot elevation. Juniper/ ponderosa pines surround the area. The house was built in the 1950's but has had some upgrades. Covered parking, 2 BBQ grills, one propane, one charcoal.
I was wondering if horses spread illness by drinking from common water tanks or sharing stables? Would I need pipe stables or would just the fenced lot work? How hard are horses on chain link? What is a fair price to allow horses?
My concern is can I book enough people to make more than just renting the house? Never know till I try. Thanks for the responses!
Sounds lovely to me! The bunkhouse sounds a bit primitive though, not sure if you want to add a few more options to it. Could rent the house and bunkhouse separate that way, for folks that want different experiences.

Not clear how large the chain link fenced area is, but it is not very common for horse enclosure. At one time renting a house before buying my farm, I kept 3 horses in a 1.5 acre backyard that had chain link fencing. I added a strand of hot wire to the top to keep the horses from rubbing on it and pushing it over.

Horse can spread illnesses; mostly only to other horses though! Best to request a negative coggins and 30 day travel papers for any visitors.

Also would be nicer to have some sort of covered area for the horses, large stalls or at least a shed. Must have enough room for one horse (minimum) for each human sleeping spot. Plus some have additional horses for pack animals. Eight human sleeping spots mean at least eight stalls for horses. No way would I put eight horses that may or may not know each other, into one enclosure together.

May be best to divide it into two rentals, one with the house and room for 4-6 horses and one with the bunkhouse and room for 4-6 horses. Would put at least one full or queen bed in the bunkhouse. Or change it to two queen suites for couples with a small eating/lounge area.
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My first question would be how big is the lot? Second would be are the horse troughs drained, cleaned and disinfected between uses? What about the stalls? Then number of stalls and if two housing units - are the horses for each unit kept separate? You'd need space for one horse per max number of guests plus extra if there are pack animals. A handy reference for places to eat, purchase hay and feed, farrier if someone loses a shoe, plus the local vet.
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post #9 of 27 Old 11-26-2017, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies! The fenced in area is about 75 feet by 100 feet. With a 16 foot gate. Never thought of separate stalls, but after raising rabbits and seeing how evil their fights are I can only guess what a couple tons of unhappy horse could be like.

I have worked as a cook/ manager years ago and know my way around a kitchen. So I could offer a catered meal. Would have to look into the laws on that. I live 2 blocks away so for the most part the guests would be on their own. I do have experience with electric fence. How do most horse owners feel about electric fences? I know a lot of dog owners get freaky about shock collars. ( I have a Newfy/Pyrenese mix and the shock collar was a wonderful training aid.) There is a concrete slab on the fenced lot that would make a nice horse/quad washing station. We do pay some of the highest water rates in the state. I am a single male, wit a dog, no outside watering and my bill is 50-100 a month. So I would need to add a charge for horses.

My thinking was the same set up for horses could be used for mountain bikers, quad riders, hikers, hunters. Tho I must admit a lot of quad riders I come across in the woods are morons and I have doubts about renting to them. I envision this as a base camp where you can ride from or load up and drive a short distance and see more country. Our main industry is tourism and as such we have a lot to do and see here.
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75'x100' would definitely have to be divided up into separate stalls. That would be a dry lot under the best of conditions.

Must also consider an area for washing horses, cleaning buckets, cleaning tack. What about dogs? Would they be allowed in the houses or would they need to stay outside? Would need some kennels if dogs have to stay outside.

Plus where do the horse trailers park?

So need to forget about the chain link fence except for security of sorts. Can divide the spot into two 50'x75' sections for each unit. That would provide for eight 12x12 stalls with a center walkway of 12' leaving about a 50'x35' section for dog kennels, wash and storage area and trailer parking. The storage and trailer parking would work well for 4 wheel vehicles and such.

However, would this small of a property really allow horses?

If this type of setup is allowed, the 50'x75' lots could also be used for day/overnight rental if it really is at a trailhead. Folks could just stay in their horse trailer or set up tents.

Bottom line, that water cost is HUGE. Horses use and need a lot of water, and their people too. Any chance of a rainwater collection system or well water?
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