Updated: Oct 30, 2018
If you are looking for a website that talks about REAL barn management and the issues that can surround and consume a horse boarding business then you found it here! Welcome to ProBarn Management! We are different with a huge purpose.
Many people are starting to ask what makes ProBarn Management different from the other equine professional sites out there. The answer is easy. This blog site is written by a barn owner that is living and working in the business every day. I am not here to tell what kind of hay, grains or supplements you need to use. I am not going to discuss tractors or equipment, watering systems or kinds of bedding unless you ask me my thoughts on the topic. There are plenty of articles on all these topics. I am not a salesman. I am a barn owner and I manage a large boarding facility and have lived through the really hard years and realized there isn't support or resources for people that want to board horses and all that goes with it. Its a great career but it can get ugly at times.
What we are going to talk about
We will talk about anything you want to discuss. What we will talk about is real horse barn management. It's about getting to the core of the issue when it comes to problems at your barn and finding a positive solution. This site is about the barn owner, manager, and equine professionals that will frequent your barn and of course the clients and horses.
Barn management is about the relationship between the barn owner, barn manager, trainer, equine professionals and the client and how they need to be in harmony with one another otherwise you risk the well-being of any horse business. It's not just about the horses you care for.
ProBarn Management is dedicated to helping you with issues like:
The relationship between the trainer and manager
Barn owner vs. barn manager and their roles
Learning to become confident in all areas of your business
Chores and doing what works best for your, your family and pocket book!
When trainers are not doing what they say they are going to do and so much more.
Drama - The silent killer!
Boundaries are vital and how to establish them
Are you ready to educate, enforce, comfort and lead in your barn?
Growing pains and fear and how they can cripple a barn if allowed.
How to give a thirty-day notice and how to survive those thirty-days!
The financials and your business.
board rates and fear.
Special requests and burn out.
When horses don't get along...and your boarders are upset
Barn hours are not just for your clients
When you finally realize that you can't please everyone
Learning to say "No" or "We don't offer that service here at our barn."
and so much more!
The list is endless when it comes to barn management and all the parts that make a business healthy.
This website is about taking your barn, business and life back and turning your barn into a positive place with less stress and issues. It's about real barn management that no one discusses and I am so excited to be part of this journey with you. It is about baby steps and learning to change from the inside and becoming a confident leader in the career you have chosen.
What many people don't understand is once you start running your barn with confidence and strong leadership your barn will change in ways you can't imagine. It will start to grow and become healthy and before long you will have a waiting list. People want to be at a barn where they don't have to worry about the care of their horse or the stability of a barn. That starts with you.
Remember-your boarders will come to your place because of what you offer but they will stay because of you and how you run your business.
I hope you will join me.
If you are new to my blog, then welcome! My name is Sheri Grunska and along with my husband David we built our barn and started our boarding business Vinland Stables in Neenah, Wisconsin. When we first opened I was not prepared for dealing with the clients and I made many mistakes during those early years. I also couldn't find any resources to help me navigate through business ownership with a boarding facility. That is why I started writing books and blogging. That is why I created ProBarn Management!
If you struggling in any of these areas or any other part of your business, I encourage you to check out my new book, "A Step by Step Guide To Starting And Running A Successful Horse Boarding Business." This book is a comprehensive look into horse boarding and Sheri will walk you through every part of the business and give you many scenarios to think about and ultimately help you decide what works best for your stable when it comes to chores, horses and the clients.
Wishing you many blessings in your horse business,