Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Keep that in perspective. Here in OK where water is normally fairly plentiful, my water bills are less than $100 mo about 8 mos of the year and between $100-$150 the hottest part of the year. I don't water my pastures, my lawn or anything else, it's not really necessary. That's just water for humans, chickens & horses. If you're going to water plants out in the desert, especially grass which is a notorious water suck, you're going to pay a LOT for the privilege. We used to say having grass was evidence that the owner had more money than sense. If you are charging $200-300 PER DAY, 2 days of rentals for ONE MONTH would have paid that water bill. So, even if the water bill goes up, you would cover it and then some.
You can't charge extra to water horses, horse people won't stand for that. Leaving my horses short water is a sure fire way to get fired around here and that's one bill that will always get paid first.
Where I am coming from is using this as income property. Yearly lease will yield me about 800 a month profit after taxes, insurance, sewer, etc. So as a B and B I know I will have more time involved, which is fine if it pays off. But out of a 30 day period can I keep it rented 15? I have doubts, maybe 10, as mostly weekends. So 2,000 to 3,000 income. But for a B and B I pay utilities also, so 6-800 a month. Water, elec, tv and or internet, trash. Plus cleaning, upkeep. I am not sure I will make enough to be worth it. Add down time in the winter averaged out for the year. The water bill being a wild card is a concern. It could vary several hundred a month. And your right, the animals get however much they need, it needs to be built in to the rates. I just can't see someone doing 300 a day for what I can offer, as far as horses as concerned. The replies here helped a lot to let me know what horses need, corrals, clean water, medical records, etc. Thanks everyone again, it was a help it guiding me!