The Co-Op Boarding Experience
Co-Op horse boarding is a unique experience for people looking to board their horses. Co-Op barn members at Brookside Farms have a voice in the operation of the facility and collect a small fee that pays for shavings, wormer, fly control and an insurance policy. Barn members jointly participate in maintenance of the fences and share responsibility for the general cleanliness of the barn.
Barn members belong to the Co-Op. They elect representatives to act on behalf of the Co-Op to do routine maintenance and who, as managing members, receive a discount in their board.
This Co-Op model has worked amazingly well. Several members come to the barn each day and they are frequently able to take care of other's horses when they are out of town. Other Co-Op members share responsibliiteis with each other of letting out and putting horses in and for feeding them so that there is not the need to be on-site each day. Co-Op members range in age from 7 years old up through age 60.
If you are accepted for boarding, you must also be approved by the Co-Op for membership. You will have a say in how the barn is run, but also as one of the owners of the Co-Op, you will help maintain the barn. The Co-Op holds a workday typically for a ½ day 3 or 4 times per year to take care of routine maintenance. The Co-Op shares in buying hay, shavings, and lowering costs for all.
The owners of live on the property and two adult children live across the street, so there is almost always someone watching of the facility.
One advantage of the Co-Op is that someone looks after your horse if you are not there and yet you receive the benefit of board pricing that is substantially below the market for full board. You are responsible for buying your own feed. Hay is typically bought by the Co-Op in bulk. You can select your own vet and farrier or share call expenses with other Co-Op members to save money. The barn has 2 tack rooms and several members have trailers used for transporting the horses.
The Ideal Boarder
Brookside Farms offers a unique and satisfying horse boarding experience. The ideal boarder enjoys having a say in how their horse is cared for and is willing to be participate in the care of both their own horse as well as other co-op horses.
Brookside Farms boarders come to the farm as often as they can; some as often as twice a day and others only a few times a week. The farms' co-operative system allows members who can't be at the barn on a daily basis to be certain their horse is always well cared for. Likewise, members are expected to return favors and care for other owners' horses when at the barn.
Please contact Peter Boyce at 770.833.7503 for pricing or firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries about boarding.