I was so completely proud of our barn and how it turned out and I was thrilled and relieved that we were able to fill every stall. In my mind I believed that everyone that owned a horse would love to be at a large new facility with many people, horses and lots of activity. After all who wouldn't want to be at a large barn with lots of activity? I had so much to learn about people back then. One of the biggest lessons I was about to learn was - size doesn't matter and many people would prefer a smaller barn.
We had a woman come to our barn many years ago and she was the kindest woman with the sweetest horse ever. She had recently had some personal struggles in her life and the place that she felt the most home was by her horse at the barn. She worked Monday through Friday and by the time she got out of work and came to the barn it was peak riding time for everyone else. The after school hours are always busy during the school year and the arena is busy with lessons and activity. After she had been here a few months she had asked me if our barn was always this busy and I told her that it usually was but quieted down a little when summer came. This sweet woman felt more comfortable riding by herself or with one other person but that often didn't happen because of the time of day she came to the barn. One day she came up to me an gave her thirty-day notice. I was shocked and never saw it coming. I also was completely bummed. She liked our barn and care but she had found a very small boarding barn that was near her and had very few boarders. I was sad the day the trailer pulled up and her horse loaded in.
I started to really think about this woman and the situation here at our barn and I realized right then and there how very important small boarding barns are. Not everyone wants a large facility to keep their horse at. Many people prefer a quieter place without all the busyness. I have run into this woman several times over the years and she is very happy where she is at and I am happy for her. The new place was a perfect fit for her and she has always been so kind to send clients to our barn who are looking for a bigger more active barn.
Today I want to celebrate the smaller horse business. You are so valuable and so needed in the industry!
Today I want to celebrate the smaller horse business. You are valuable and so needed in the industry. I encourage all the people who have smaller barns to be proud of what you have and keep doing the good job you are doing. There are people out there just looking for your place and all they need to do is find you. Don't ever be intimidated by the bigger barns in your area.
You need to remember that there are people out there that don't want a jump course or indoor arena. They are looking for exactly what you have to offer. A quieter barn. Celebrate what you have and realize that your business is a great asset to the industry and to many people. We all fit together to serve a greater purpose helping each other and taking care of these beautiful horses that we love.
If you are new to my blog, then welcome! If you are just starting out in your planning stages of your horse business or need some help now that you are in it, I would like to encourage you to check out my two books. My first one, "What it really takes to start and run a horse business" is my families journey of starting our horse boarding business and about learning from our mistakes especially during the first couple of years. My second book, "The total horse barn management makeover," is about the relationship between the barn owner/barn manager and client and how to resolve the issues that will come up when you are running a horse business of any kind. You won't find more honest books out there about running a horse business. These books compliment each other and give you a complete look at horse barn management.
Wishing you many blessings in your horse Business,