A friend of mine asked me the other day whether she should keep the one horse boarding on her three acres and add two more who are interested.
This was the second time in a month someone with a “few” rural acres asked me about boarding a “few” horses to make a “few” dollars without having to do anything because the “few” will do everything themselves.
My thoughts? Run, don’t walk, away from the whole situation as fast as you can.
- Self-care clients are notorious for not taking care of the property the way you would want.
- Overhead associated with liability insurance (yes, you need it), utilities, and extra maintenance on the property due to horse environmental impacts will likely eat up the “few” profits.
- Your time spent handling surprise problems typical in horse boarding will never be recovered.
- Your local government may have strict rules about boarding the “few”, much like what hit our county.
My advice: Save yourself some angst, and send the “few” somewhere else.
(Karin Livingston is the author of the young adult horse novel, Winning Bet, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, IndieBound.org stores, and to librarians and retailers through the Ingram Book Group.)