Things You’ll Need to Start a Horse Boarding Business

Do you have some extra stables in your barn that are sitting vacant? Perhaps you’ve thought it would be nice to fill those empty spaces and earn some extra money. Before you start a horse boarding business, however, here are a few things you’ll need.

Knowledge of Local Ordinances

Different states have unique requirements when it comes to horse facilities. These ordinances may dictate how you run your facility. There may be limitations regarding how many horses you can have based on your acreage or how many horses you’ll be allowed to board. You may also need to have permits to run your business. You must look into your local ordinances to avoid potential issues.

Extra Hands to Help

There are a few different types of boarding you can offer, including full boarding and partial boarding. Full boarding usually includes a stall, turnout, and daily care. If you choose to run a full boarding facility, you may need to hire extra help such as a stable manager and grooms. A facility that offers partial or pasture boarding may also require some additional staff, but not as much as a full facility.

Horse Insurance

For anyone running a boarding facility, insurance is a must. A policy can protect you if a horse or owner is injured on your property. It can provide protection should your property be damaged by a horse in your care. Before choosing the first company that you come across, it’s important to call around for a … Read More

How to Plan for Owning a Horse

Becoming a horse owner for the first time can be an invigorating an exciting experience. However, there are several things to think about before purchasing or adopting your horse. 

Choose a Reputable Stable

If you do not own enough land to house your new equine, you will most likely be searching for a stable. Doing research of local stables is paramount in finding the best living situation for your horse. When comparing stables, it is a good idea to consider factors such as cost, size of the facility and the quality of food, hygiene and training. A stable close to your place of residence is also beneficial for visiting your horse often. 

Consider Purchasing Horse Insurance

Like any other pet or valuable animal, horse owners have the opportunity to buy horse insurance. Insurance for your horse can serve a variety of purposes, including medical, to cover vet costs, and even mortality insurance. Many insurance providers will work with clients to find a plan that meets your specific budget or needs. Be sure to contact several companies and receive quotes before choosing the option that best suits you and your horse. 

Hire a Horse Trainer

Similar to finding a stable, searching for a horse trainer can be an incredibly personal experience. The type of trainer that is the best fit is dependent on factors such as age, experience and the breed of horse you are planning to train. It is also important to contemplate the type of riding you … Read More

Insurance for Horse Properties

If you are in the market for horse property you probably wonder what type of insurance you need. When it comes to horse insurance there are many choices, and it can be challenging to find the right product for your particular circumstances. Talking to an experienced agent is one way to understand the types of coverage available.

Owning your own property requires insurance coverage to protect you from financial hardship if the worst happens. Additional coverage may be required or recommended, depending on the type of horse property you own. If you plan to purchase acreage to keep your own private horses, you will want to check with your current insurance company. Even though you aren’t in business that doesn’t mean you do not require special coverage. Some areas consider horse farms to be “attractive nuisances.” This is a term that means your property is more likely to invite trouble than another.

This may not seem fair, but once you have your horses at home and see neighbor kids reaching over the fence to play with your horse, or even climbing over the fence to get closer, you will realize the insurance company may have a point. Acknowledging that your property is a horse property is also important in case someone is injured. Even if you are not running a business, there is bound to be a time when a friend wants to let their child pet your horses or something similar. Proper insurance protects you if someone is injured … Read More

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