> In order to make the whole thing work out we'd have
> to take in some boarders. What say y'all? Pros/cons...
> For those of you with boarders do you EVER get to
> go away on vacation? If so, how? Also, for you log home
> owners, is there anything that should be considered when
> buying a log home?
> Ruth CM
A friend of mine built a similar farm. It's 24 acres w/11 stall barn,
indoor and outdoor. They live in an apt. above the barn with hopes of
building their dream house someday on a knoll which looks over the barn.
I think the largest problem you face is that both of you work (do you
work full time?). Hence, if you want to run the kind of facility that I
think you want to run and actually have time to ride your own kritters,
you aren't going to be able to do the work yourself. Here's how my
friend makes it work.
Both she and her husband work full time at other careers. Since neither
of them is available to oversee the facility full time, they decided to
go with a self-care cooperative. The key to making this concept work is
screening the prospective boarders exceedingly well. Most of her
boarders she knew personally before opening up the farm or were
recommended by the current boarders as good candidates. She has turned
down quite a few people who believed themselves 'perfect' for the
facility. So far, this is year 2, she hasn't had any major problems
with people slacking off.
She does the feeding and morning turnout. Each person is responsible
for cleaning their own stalls each day. Most people do it themselves
but I think at least one person who has a long commute has someone come
in to clean her stall. Other boarders have on occasion also taken
advantage of the stall cleaner's services. Each person is also
responsible for cleaning out their horse's paddock each day. Turnout is
in 2's, so I'm not sure how they split up the work. I would guess that
they take turns cleaning out the paddocks.
All the paddocks have frost free Nelson automatic waterers so that's not
an issue even in the worst of weather.
The horses are turned out all day either in all-weather paddocks or
rotated through the larger pasture when it's grass growing season. All
the horses are in at night. What can I say? She caters to the Dressage
Weenie crowd. :-)
Her barn isn't full yet, though not because of a lack of boarders. She
has a waiting list of people dying to get in. Right now, to fill the
empty stalls she would have to build more all weather paddocks and
they're not ready to do that yet. The cooperative meets at least once a
year and they have all signed contracts as to their rights and
responsibilities. It helps that hubster is a legaleagle.
The place is absolutely gorgeous.
If you have any specific questions, e-mail me and I'll send them along
Me, I'm too curmudgeonly to have boarders coming & going though I would
put up with that inconvenience if I didn't have a full time career