Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Am I right in assuming that you woukd prefer not to get involved with the daily work yourself? If that is right, then (as far as horses go) your best option is probably to pasture board horses with self-care by the owner.
For the basics, you'd need:
-safe fencing (barbed wire is not really safe for horses)
- a shelter
- water (either a trough or auto waterer, peferrably with an option to keep it ice-free in the winter)
- storage space for hay (a shed to stack bales on pallets would be awesome, but I know some people just tarp round bales)
- a small storage room for other stuff (tack, halters, blankets etc) would be a plus
- maybe a spot to park/store a trailer
You might also want to look into things like paature management, weed control and such.
The owners would be responsible for everything - feeding, farrier, vet, etc. Make sure you'd have a solid contract un place that covers stuff like what happens if the owner doesn't provide basic care, stops paying or abandons the horse at your place.
How much you can charge depends very much on the location. Here in Alberta (outside of Calgary), it would probably be in the ball park of $100 - $150 per horse per month. How many horses you can put on 20 acres also depends very much on the layout of the land and the forage. Too many horses could cauae problems with overgrazing and manure.
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