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Horse boarding advice

Postby Kell-inKY » Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:18 pm

I know next to nothing about horses (but am willing to learn), our property came with a stable that has 12 stalls on one end and empty on the other (pretty darn long). There may come a point where I need this farm to start paying for itself, so I could use any basic info you want to give on boarding horses. Previous owners raised some kind of fancy horses but property was run down something awful. I've spent a lot of time building and repairing, cleanup, and trying to fix the overgrazed pastures.

1rst option, pasture board. I have electric fence at about 4' high in the woods, and built a wood board fence everywhere else at 54" high. At this time I probably have enough extra grass for 2 horses, and don't mind feeding hay in the winter, but would have to figure out the water situation. I put my cattle on ponds as much as possible, and chop ice in the winter but have several frost free hydrants. Most people have said I need to keep separate from cattle and I am thinking I would need 2 horses from same person so they already get along.

2nd option, stall board overnighters. Apparently in my area people are always passing through needing a place to board their horses for events and such. I just talked to a lady who gets 50-100 a night which includes feeding, mucking etc. I have plenty of parking area for trailers, heck, they could even camp here if they wanted within reason. At normal driving speed, I can get to the main highway (I-24) in 10 minutes from my house, 12 driving slowly.

For the second option I would need to make some contacts and somehow break into the horse culture which like I said I know nothing about but I would lean towards this if possible. I just feel stupid storing hay in this barn and the rest going to waste while we live in a house only worth a little more than the barn itself.
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Re: Horse boarding advice

Postby M.Magis » Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:58 pm

Option 2 would be the “safer” of the two. A lot less liability on your part, a lot less dealing with certain types of horse people.
Either way, make sure you look into insurance.
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Postby Bigfoot » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:00 pm

Boarding horses has the possibility of being very lucrative. In my area, a horse stall, with access to an outdoor arena is $300 a month. I could find literally an unlimited amount of boarders. Your area may be different. A horse turned out on grass is $1000 a year. They gotta catch it, when they want it, and provide the hay. 70 sq bales will winter a horse.
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Postby Bigfoot » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:02 pm

To draw the traveling horse person, your going to need a 50 amp hook up, and water.
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Postby Bigfoot » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:04 pm

As close as you are to Wranglers, I'd be surprised if you got a traveler. It's cheap, and everybody knows it's there. You follow a route with state parks east of the Mississippi when traveling with a horse.
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Postby Kell-inKY » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:17 pm

Pasture boarding may be the only option then, will have to research more.

When my wife and I talked to the young lady, here is what I found. I don't know if Wranglers fills up?, if it's seasonally closed or what, but she boards horses all the time. Didn't ask if it was show horses, barrel horses, or what, I will make an effort, I have a feeling she is boarding "rich people's" horses. Didn't want to push too hard as I would be competing I suppose, though I doubt she cared. She (they actually) are only boarding horses, usually a pair or more at a time, and I assumed she meant they were going to a hotel.

I can easily run a 50 amp box, water is right there as well, no sewer though of course. I don't mind the hassle either.

Anyone staying in our area would probably be doing it so they are close to food and entertainment, we (Paducah) have the highest number of restaurants per capita in the nation apparently, and lots of "artisan" stuff.
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/paducah-is-the-fast-food-capital-of-america/
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Postby Bigfoot » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:20 pm

Sewer is not necessary. Helpful, but not necessary.
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Postby Bigfoot » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:23 pm

I would gladly give $75 for a stall, electricity, and water.
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Postby callmefence » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:44 pm

I no nothing about boarding horses as a business. But I do know horses. I'm not so sure boarding horses without a good deal of horse experience, is a good idea.
I'm not saying it can't be done. Just my concern. Horses are extremely reactive. You don't get to know them without lots of hands own ....lots.
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Postby Kell-inKY » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:48 pm

Thanks for the input.

I'm just preparing for the very real possibility of the whole selling beef not panning out. I can't see how I won't always have some cattle, but I'm not going to keep expanding if it is just for pasture ornaments. Actually making money on something would sure help out around the farm.

Every time I have someone out they ask why we are not using the stable to board horses, I guess it's time to start listening. It's nothing fancy, but it's really big and I feel wasteful not using it.
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Postby Kell-inKY » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:52 pm

callmefence wrote:I no nothing about boarding horses as a business. But I do know horses. I'm not so sure boarding horses without a good deal of horse experience, is a good idea.
I'm not saying it can't be done. Just my concern. Horses are extremely reactive. You don't get to know them without lots of hands own ....lots.

Thanks, I need all the advice I can get.

If pasture boarding, I would do as BF has said in his first post though. Not saying you aren't right, it may be worth the learning curve though.
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Re: Horse boarding advice

Postby tater74 » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:19 pm

We boarded our horses for a year while we were between places. This was 20 years ago. $40/month per horse, pasture only. It went up from there. Had to show proof of ownership and vaccinations.

I wouldn't be afraid of it. You could always make the renter clean the stall and feed. You just provide the space
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Re: Horse boarding advice

Postby uplandnut » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:49 pm

Around my area outside board is about 200 to 250 a month and the farm supplies the hay and keeps the water tanks full. Inside board can run 350 a month easily but that is with the farm cleaning the stall providing feed and turning the horse out daily. Be picky about who you board to, my wife was in the boarding business for 14 years and there are good boarders and there are your worst nightmares.
I would personally be a little scared of having people stay for just a night here and there. I worry about any disease or bacteria that there horses were carriers of that would affect other animals at your property. That being said like the idea of here today gone tomorrow, never have to deal with any pricks for very long.
Whatever you decide I wish you the best in your endeavor. May not hurt to go to, or call, a couple local stables to get an idea what they offer there boarders, that way you know what people expect.
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Re: Horse boarding advice

Postby Kell-inKY » Mon May 02, 2016 8:35 am

No progress, but I am getting some experience boarding horses. This one showed up this morning down our drive, went to every neighbor within 2 miles who have horses, nobody yet.

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Re: Horse boarding advice

Postby jedstivers » Mon May 02, 2016 8:49 am

I'd stay as far as possible from horse people as I could.
If you decide you must do it then either do the overnight thing or do full service.
That way you don't have horses not getting fed, cared for, that sort of thing.
I can't say enough though, stay away from horse people.
Some are great but a larger percentage than the general public are nuts.
If they make their living with horses they are ok, if they have money and the horses are a play or show thing watch out.
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