For those who love horses, a dream job would be to own and operate their own stable yard so that they can board horses for others. Getting started with your own stable yard can be a difficult challenge. Below are some tips that can help you accomplish your goal.
The first consideration is the land. I would not recommend starting with anything less than twenty acres. That should give you enough room to build a stable for 10 to 20 horses along with room for grazing, barns and an arena. The more grazing acreage you can have the better.
Your stables will need to be well ventilated, sturdy, clean and spacious enough for the animals to lay down. There are a lot of different styles to choose from, but as long as they accomplish these goals, you are in good shape. You will also need to take into account the weather and therefore the temperature in the stable for the comfort of the horses. The more time you take to plan these things, the higher quality the construction will be and the more motivated horse owners will be to hire you to board their animals.
Special attention definitely needs to be give to the arena. While a spacious arena would be great, keep in mind that it will also be more expensive to build and maintain. It would be better to go with a smaller, but higher quality arena if you want to spend your money most efficiently. The surface of the arena is of particular importance. Consider something made of sand, fibre and ground rubber for an optimal surface. You will want to make sure it drains properly so that you don’t get a muddy mess in wet weather.
Another consideration is a sound system for your arena. Piping in music and other sounds will help get horses used to the sounds they will hear during a competition. Obviously, you will need speakers that are waterproof and suitable for the outdoors. To give you easy access to the sound you might consider a marine stereo with a wireless remote control.
Last, but certainly not least, you will need to look at installing a muck heap. Waste disposal should be placed close enough to the stable for convenience, but far enough away that it won’t endanger the health of the horses. Horse manure makes great fertilizer so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a local farmer who will want to haul it away regularly.