Whether you rent out a few stalls or an entire barn, boarding horses can be a profitable business when done correctly. Treat your operation like a real business in order to have success. You’ll be able to turn your passion for horses into either a supplemental or full-time income. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way!
1. Use a good bookkeeping system, such as Horsebills or Paddock Pro.
2. Maintain excellent communication skills. You’ll want to hold onto boarders by knowing how to socialize with them and fix issues that arise. Patience and flexibility are essential.
3. Only offer full care boarding. Don’t depend on someone to meet your exceptions of care and cleanliness. Self-care boarders may neglect to clean their stalls regularly or skimp on feeding.
4. Purchase hay during the summer for the winter. You’ll get the best prices and be well-prepared!
5. Rent your facility to a trainer or instructor. They may bring their own clients. You can work out a percentage where both parties are happy.
6. Offer grooming, clipping, braiding, and exercise services for a fee.
7. Depending on your skill level, offer lessons to beginners or advanced riders.
8. Invest in an effective fly control program.
9. Don’t neglect your pastures. Good field management can cut down on hay expenses.
10. Use social media and local events to bring positive attention to your facility.
Set your business into motion by creating a solid plan and following these tips! You’ll be profitable in no time.