Years later I decided to write a book to talk about the things that I was not able to find in other books about the horse industry and running a boarding barn and business. Many people have asked what my book is really all about so I thought I would give you some of the subjects I cover in the book. I believe this book is vital for any barn owner or manager to read and it also gives the client or boarder a completely new understanding of what it really takes to run a horse business. It will give each other valuable insight into each others world in both the business side and the client side. You will not find another book out there that shares about all three worlds and how they can come together to create a successful barn.
- What barn management is to most people and what it really is
- Your open for business...Are you truly ready?
- It's not personal, it's business
- Barn hours and why they are important!
- Why am I losing boarders? How do I stop the high turnover?
- The hats you will wear as the barn owner or manager.
- Trying to get potential boarders
- Many firsts to come when you start a business. (It happens to all new business owners)
- Changes in our first year (we made many unexpected changes and so will you)
- The ever changing weather (It will affect you and your boarders more than you think)
- Our first winter running our business (And all the different opinions of when horses should go out)
- Trainers at our barn (Trainers can be an asset or ruin your barn and hurt your business) Find the right trainers to work out of your barn
- Having a multi-discipline barn ( I never new it could be so complicated)
- Are you and your barn manager on the same page?
- Barn amenities and trying to please everyone
- When things get broken who pays?
- Herd management and the client (Many times the boarder will not understand what is going on in the herd)
- Challenges of outdoor board (we thought this part of the job would be easy but it has it's own set of problems)
- Boundaries between the barn owner and the boarder
- It's a working farm (the chores still need to get done)
- Asking a boarder to leave (probably one of the hardest parts of the job)
- Not ready for all the special requests (I never knew there would be so many special requests when we opened our doors)
- Why do so many barns go out of business? Don't make the same mistakes
- Handling a boarders difficult horse
- Okay you have barn rules...Now you need to enforce them
- Blanketing and how it will affect your job.
- Creating a team at your barn
- Okay so you made a poor decision...Now you need to move on and learn from it
- Your clientele will change as your business grows. Are you ready?
- Can you make a living at boarding horses? I am here to say you can!
These are just a few of the many topics I cover in my book. If you are struggling with any of these subjects than you are not alone. I cover so much more in the book and my goal is to let other horse professionals know they are not alone. Barn management is so much more than the physical chores that need to be done every day. It is also very emotional and that was something I did not realize years ago.
Running your own barn will have its good days and bad days but the good days should out number the bad days. I was on Facebook the other day and someone wrote "It's not worth it anymore" and they were talking about boarding horses. They were struggling with the clients and having all sorts of problems and really didn't know how to make it better. I can truly say I have never felt that way but I have had some very bad days dealing with the struggles of managing a farm and the clients. If you are struggling with your business than give this book a try. You will not find a more honest book on what it really takes to run a business and I will share with you the tools to make positive changes to your barn and move forward. I know all barns work a little differently but the core of all boarding barns and horse businesses is the same. We are there to take care of these beautiful horses and service is a big part of the business.
I believe this book , "The Total Barn Management Makeover" will change your business and life for the better. Remember that if you are stressed out because of your business, it will seep into your personal life and affect everyone that is close to you. Don't let it get that far. Start today making small changes that will turn you into a more confidence business owner and person.
If you are new to my blog, then welcome! If you are feeling the stress of issues or growing pains at your barn, I encourage you to check out my newest book, "The Total Horse Barn Management Makeover." I will give you practical business wisdom from someone who has made many mistakes along the way and turned a struggling boarding facility into a healthy barn with clients that have made it their home.
I wish you the very best in your horse endeavors,