I am taking MuddyK's advice and thinking out loud so I can see on paper what I want and so you can get me thinking in directions I may not see.
What is my idea of the type of barn I would like to have. Ideally I would like a 10 stall barn with a small indoor arena. But that is not neccessarily what I mean by what type of barn. My ideas of the type of barn or environment I would have if I took on boarders. I would like a nice, clean, safe place for horses and a family type environtment for the owners. They will know that I will be the primary care taker of their horses and will treat them as if they were my own. I would mostly like to board beginners adults/kids to amatuers adults. Discipline not really an important thing. Though I would like to have a 3-4 acre cross country course for myself and/or any eventers that may board. I will also have a 60x120 meter outdoor arena. We will have 3 2-3 acre pastures.
I have gotten a price for shavings by the truck load before but do not remember what the price was. There is a local amish saw mill that you can buy shavings from. As for insurance we have a farm insurance right now that covers animal liabilty. As in if someone were to get hurt by an animal we would be covered. Though I do not know if more would need to be added.
I would offer beginner lessons and would be willing to take riders out to shows during show season as requested or wanted. I will definitely start to look into the kind of need there is around here for good boarding facilities. I mean I know there is definitely a lack of them but my only concern is the economy of this area for people to afford horses and good boarding. Though I know that it is not a rich area there are plenty around that do have money. Namely we have a huge hospital that is the largest employer. But how does one go about finding boarders?? I plan to have horse camps this summer and I am hoping that gets my name out there and I can get more lesson kids from it.
I do know a lady that has a barn and runs it very much how I would want mine to run. Their boarders are a part of their family and love that. I am thinking of talking to her about starting up but I am concerned she may see me as trying to get info and then take that info to become competition. I don't know her real well and don't know if it would be rude. What do you think?
PS the part time job is going fine. I am learning everything fast and of course they love to have me around because I am friendly, a quick learner and a hard worker but I have to say it is a neccessary evil for me and really am not enjoying it AT ALL. I work with people that I would never hang out with and have very little in common. I mean most people that work there that is their primary income and they are very low income households. Not that that is a bad thing and I hope this doesn't come off the way it is sounding but it is not what I mean to do. I am not a judgemental person at all and this is not coming across as such. But the people that work there lead very differnt lives than I do and handle themselves very differently. As far as lifestyle, mannerisms and even language. OK I don't think I am doing a very good job at making my point here but I guess the point is I kinda stick out like a sore thumb. But having the job has made a huge difference in my husbands attitude and to me that is worth it and the entire reason I am doing it. I think he just needed to see that I am willing to do what needs to be done to relieve the pressure on him.