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    Question Owning a Boarding Facility

    I have to ask because it has always been a dream of mine to have one. It is possible to own/run/operate a boarding facility and make enough $$$ to have the business be your sole source of income? I am in Michigan, and I am sure it varies among state as far as sawdust, hay, and other expense prices go. But I just kind of wanted to get a feel for what other boarding facility owners have experienced. I was brought up to believe that you should find a way to make a living off of what you love to do everyday, so thus it has always been a dream of mine. I just wanted to know the reality of it. Thanks so much. I look forward to your input.

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    Well as far as I am concerned you can make a living off of it but that is all you do is work.

    Any place that I have been too usually doesn't make their living off it unless they are millionaires and then they pay someone else to do the work.

    But I have also been to places where that is their sole income and they do all the work and tha'ts all they do. But, then again none of those people were very organized either. lol

    I would also love to do it someday too!! I wish you luck!
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    Anyone I know who has a boarding facility actually uses it to pay for their own horses...and as a tax writeoff. I don't know anyone who actually makes their living off it.
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    If you buy a ready made barn in good condition, you can make money, but if you build your own, the start up costs will take you five years or more to replace and you have to advertise to find borders and offer ammenities to keep them.
    It can be done.
    Two of my friends board, but neither take very good care of their places. Another leases a barn and she makes fists full of dollars. She pays $1000 a month for a 20 horse facility and charges $500 a horse per month for full board or $250 for partial (you provide feed and clean your own stalls, but someone else feeds and turns out for you). She also charges vet and farrier fees and holding and transport fees, so she makes quit a profit, and she uses students and boarders to help with labor in exchange for lessons, horse leasing and reduced board.

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    I don't know many people that own boarding stables that actually use that to pay for their own expenses. Unless you also train out of it, but even then it can be difficult.
    It's very expensive to run a stable, and it can be hard to make it pay for itself, much less pay the rest of your bills, while still having the stable be competitive enough in price to keep boarders. Generally you need an indoor arena, an outdoor, turn out, feed hay, manure diposal, general maintance, storage, bathrooms, wash racks and tack rooms. Plus insurance.
    It can be done, but it usually isn't very easy.
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    Depends on were you are and what you can charge.

    The barn I was at charges $420 a month. They need 6 horses boarding to cover expenses of the barn. They realistically can keep 16, they only have 8 turnout padocks.

    With the feed costs, and building costs they probably clear $170-200/horse. So if you have on average 10 horses that's $1700-2000 a month. Plus they get money for holding clinics and shows, and collect a fee from trainers that teach there.

    It is a lot of work, time off is hard to come by, and some boarders are just never satisfied. Some won't pay on time, some won't ever pay and leave in the middle of the night, some will drop their horse off and never come back to see them.

    It's a tough job.
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    After boarding for a long time, I would have to say that I would not want to deal with it personally. It is a lot of hard work, you have to deal with all the different horse owners. People are never satisfied, people never pay, and people complain. I worked at one facility that was the owner's sole source of income. She ran the boarding facility at 600/stall full care, did lessons, training and horse hauling. She was run haggard with help.

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    Yeah...I wouldn't want to own a boarding facility either because of all the personalities of the boarders. Having been a boarder for many years, I know all about boarders.

    The types of amenities that are needed also vary. I never boarded at a dressage facility, therefore there was no indoor arena. My requirement was simply access to turnouts and trails...and of course a nice stall with adequate shavings.

    Where I come from not many people, if any, are willing to pay alot for boarding either. I would say $300 is alot. On the other hand...where some of the other SoCalifornians live...$300 is NOTHING. The big dressage places cost $600.
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    well thanks for the input thus far everyone! :-)

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