There are a lot of horse enthusiasts out there who are looking for horse boarding facilities. If you are thinking of venturing into this business but fear the lack of knowledge in the field, here are ways on how to run a horse boarding facility.
- Provide a regular time to feed and muck of the horses. Providing a regular time for feeding and mucking is a must-have in a horse boarding facility. Doing this at least two times a day would be enough. You should also place a black board or anything where you can leave special notes for certain horses that have special needs, like for instance if they need a medication or supplement to be taken at a specified period. This will serve as a reminder board for you as well as your personnel. You may also have to personally check on the horses to make sure first handedly that everything doing fine.
- Make sure that all your facilities are working well. What is a horse boarding without the facilities? Be sure that all the equipments and facilities you need to take good care of the horses are not just present, but should also be in good condition and are working well.
- Prepare a room for your boarders and keep your communication lines open. Another thing you need to do is to set up comfortable boarding rooms for the owners of the horses or for whoever is coming with the horses. You should also keep your communication lines open so that patrons who have immediate concern can reach you anytime without hassle. Communication may also be in the form of mailbox right in your room or your office. You may also place similar boxes outside the boarders’ rooms so you or the administration can leave notes or notices to the boarders.
- Prepare a waiver or agreement to be signed by both of you. Everything should be in black and white including the waivers. First is the need to include agreements about the payments like how much everything is going to cost, when will it be paid as well as the penalties in case the horse owner defaulted in payment. You should also sign a waiver protecting both your and the patrons’ rights. The owner should not be held liable if you get hurt or injured because of the horse. In the same way that you, as the owner of the horse boarding facility should not be held liable if the boarder gets injuries during his stay in the boarding room.
- Do the order at least once a month for everything that you will need. You have to show your patrons that you are managing the facility very well by making sure that all of the horses’ needs are present. Making arrangements with a vet for a regular visit by a vet would also be a great idea. This will be a chance to make sure that the horses are in good shape.
Horses are loved and valued by their owners. As the one in charge of running a horse boarding facility, you are expected to keep those horses with the most care they deserve.