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Fitzjoy

Palos Park, IL 60464
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Business Description

Fitzjoy is a dedicated farm, riding and horse academy in Palos Park. The academy’s services include trail rides, boarding lessons, group ride lessons, and hosting of camp and parties. The academy also has “Pee Wee” lessons for kids ages four to six, as well as private lessons for riders who own or lease their own horses. The academy’s camp opens in summer, winter and spring.

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4.3 / 5 (79)
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5.0 / 5 (63)
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3.5 / 5 (23)

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Freedom Woods

Morton Grove, IL 60053
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Business Description

Freedom Woods is a horse boarding facility in Morton Grove that offers horse riding services. Services include horse sales, riding lessons, boarding and therapeutic riding for riders with unique challenges. The facility is affiliated with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. The facility is also family owned with over 21 years experience. Clients can opt for their basic boarding or full boarding service package.

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4.3
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Galusha Farms

Warrenville, IL 60555
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Business Description

Galusha Farms is an integrated farm that provides different horse boarding and farming services in Warrenville. Horse boarding services include pasture boarding, share boarding, lessons, and trail rides. The company's farming services include hay and straw sales, custom farming, drain tile, and demolition services. The farm has over 30 years of experience and is situated on 10,000 acres of County Forest Preserves and Fermilab to trail ride in.

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4.9 / 5 (43)

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Galway farms

Long Grove, IL 60047
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Galway farms is a horse boarding farm that provides new and experienced hunter, jumper, or equitation horses and ponies for riders in Long Grove and opened in 1998. The farm is a member of the United States Equestrian Foundation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association. The owner has over 40 years experience in riding competition and pairing riders with horses. The equestrian center has recently partnered with North Shore Catering and Events to offer events at the Galway Facility.

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4.0
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Glen Grove Equestrian Center

Morton Grove, IL 60053
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Business Description

Glen Grove Equestrian Center is a horseback riding facility in Morton Grove, just 15 minutes from downtown Chicago and adjacent to miles of forest preserve trails. Specializing in hunter/jumper lessons, Glen Grove offers boarding, training and horse shows. Other services include seasonal pony rides for younger children, summer camps and horsemanship classes. The equestrian center has a dedicated staff of experienced instructors on hand and requires making reservations in advance by phone.

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3.8
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Jaynesway Farms

Bartlett, IL 60103
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Business Description

Jaynesway Farms is an equestrian center in Bartlett, offering English and Western riding lessons, boarding, horse and pony sales, pony rides, camps for the kids during summer and winter, and pony parties. The farm offers beginner through advanced riding lessons on barn-owned lesson horses or student-owned horses. Riders in lessons must be at least five years old to be accepted for the riding lessons.

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KKT Performance Horses

Peotone, IL 60468
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KKT Performance Horses is a family oriented full-service horse facility in Peotone. The services offered by the farm include boarding, individual private lessons, group lessons, grooming, ground work training and hauling. The lead trainer and founder has over 35 years experience training horses and earned the American Quarter Horse Association Versatility Champion award.

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Memory Lane Stables

Willow Springs, IL 60480
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Memory Lane Stables is a horseback riding stable in Willow Springs with over 50 years of experience. The services offered by the stable include horseback riding, trail riding, horse rental, pony rides, pony parties, ponies for hire, pony rental, horse boarding, and fun for the whole family. The stables offer pony rides at $15 per hour and a discount for groups with five or more members.

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4.5 / 5 (742)
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4.6 / 5 (336)
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3.5 / 5 (68)

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Nova Quarter Horses

Mokena, IL 60448
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Nova Quarter Horses is an equestrian facility in Mokena with over 25 years experience offering riding lessons. The equestrian facility teaches riders and horses different riding styles including Western, Reining, English, Jumping, and Show Techniques. The owner is an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association certified professional, allowing her to work with individuals having challenges in their lives. The facility also hosts camps, parties, and other social events.

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Oak Hill Farm

Lockport, IL 60441
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Oak Hill Farm is a privately owned farm in Lockport offering a full-service dressage training and stabling facility in the area since 1999. Services offered by the equestrian center include boarding, dressage, and carriage dressing. The equestrian center provides its services in partnership with affiliates such Nutrena, Silvercrest Veterinary Service, and different Farriers. The equestrian center also features dressage clinics with USA Equestrians Todd Flettrich and Endel Ots.

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Palladia Farm

Libertyville, IL 60048
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Palladia Farm is a full-service hunter-jumper horse riding center in Libertyville that has been serving horse riding enthusiasts since 2003. The center’s USHJA-certified trainers help riders build a good relationship with their horses. The center’s services include boarding, taking riders to and from the sale and leasing of horses. The center’s founder is a dual-certified hunter-jumper trainer, holding certifications from the United States Hunter-Jumper Association and the American Riding Instructors Association, as well as being an active member of the United States Equestrian Federation.

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Palos Hills Riding Stables

Palos Hills, IL 60465
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Palos Hills Riding Stables is an equestrian service offering comprehensive boarding and training experience for riders and horses. For more than 55 years, the stable has offered both private and group classes training and instruction of the American Saddlebred and Hackney Pony in all disciplines. The equestrian center offers $15 discount for payments made before the 7th of each month and requires a late fee payment of $25 after the 25th of each month.

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Perfecta Farm

Elgin, IL 60120
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Perfecta Farm is a family-oriented equestrian services stable in Elgin providing comprehensive personalized training for riders and horses focused on competing in competitions. The center has helped riders achieve various competition wins including the USEF gold medal twenty times. The founder of the center has been a board member of the Illinois Hunter and Jumper Association in the past 15 years.

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4.5 / 5 (28)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Choosing a horse boarder is a unique type of business transaction because it can become a long-term partnership. The boarder can become the person your horse relies on for care and attention when you’re busy. Additionally, the boarding facility becomes your horse’s home, so you want it to be safe and comfortable.

Things to consider when choosing a boarding facility include the level of care your horse needs and how much you can comfortably spend on boarding. The amount of time you have available to take care of your horse is also a consideration. This detail is due to the types of care packages boarding facilities offer.

What is horse boarding?

Horse boarding is when a horse farm provides a place for a horse to stay and manages its daily care in exchange for a fee. Some boarding facilities also provide medical care for horses. Boarding provides a way to be a responsible horse owner for someone who doesn’t have a safe place to keep a horse.

What are the different types of horse boarding?

Horse owners can choose from two main types of boarding. The types are pasture boarding and stall boarding.

  • Pasture boarding does not include access to a stall.
  • Stall boarding provides horses with a place to sleep indoors.

In addition to the two main types of boarding, there are different levels of care offered by some breeders. The levels of boarding care offered include:
  • Full care
  • Partial care
  • Self care

Why board a horse?

Boarding a horse is usually chosen to enhance its well-being. Horses need room to run and play as well as a safe place to sleep. Additionally, horses need care, such as grooming and training, that take time. Horse owners who aren’t able to provide those things can choose to board horses at places that offer those things.

Where to board a horse?

To find a place to board a horse, check online listings to understand what you can expect from each facility. Additionally, consider checking classified ads online or in print to find boarding facilities. Choose one that’s conveniently located so you can visit your horse frequently.

What is a horse boarding stable?

A horse boarding stable is a place that rents out stable space and room for horses to run. It’s a service for people who don’t have room to care for their horses. It can also be used by people who aren’t able to give horses the care needed to be healthy and happy.

What does boarding a horse include?

Boarding a horse usually always includes a safe place for a horse to sleep and a pasture area where it can exercise and eat grass. Some boarding facilities offer full-care packages while others offer partial packages that let owners choose the level of service they want.

How much does it cost to have a horse per month?

It usually costs between $500 and $1,200 per month. This includes the amount that’s paid for boarding. It also includes the cost of tack and veterinary care. Additionally, farrier costs and other specialty care items for horses are included in the cost.

How much does it cost to board a horse?

The average cost to board a horse is between $350 and $400 per month. It can drop as low as $100 per month if you choose a self-care package with pasture boarding. Full-care packages with stable boarding can run up to around $700 per month.

How much does it cost to board a horse per year?

It usually costs $4,200 to $4,800 to board a horse for a year. With self-care pasture boarding, it could drop as low as $1,200 per year for horse boarding. The cost can go up around $8,400 per year for stable boarding with full care.

Is it cheaper to board a horse?

Boarding a horse can be cheaper than caring for one at home. This is due to the cost of maintaining the property for a horse. Things that add to the cost of keeping a horse at home include the cost of building and maintaining a fence and the cost of stable maintenance.

How do I start a horse boarding business?

To start a horse boarding business, assess the property to see if it’s ready to go or needs upgrades. Prepare a detailed business plan. Apply for a business license and sign up for a business bank account. Get business liability insurance and then begin marketing your service.

How do I run a horse boarding facility?

To run a horse boarding facility, understand how your costs relate to your profits so you know when you’re making money. Choose a reliable bookkeeping system and carefully manage all documents. Exercise patience with both horses and owners to build a positive reputation among horse owners.

Is boarding horses profitable?

Boarding horses can be profitable when approached professionally. Carefully manage records. Buy seasonal items, such as hay, when prices are low to store for off seasons. Offer full-care boarding rather than self care so you stay in control of keeping your stables clean. Offer extra services for an additional fee, such as grooming and braiding.

How much should I charge for horse boarding?

The amount you charge for horse boarding should be based on the type of boarding and service packages you offer. On average, you should charge between $350 and $400 per month for each horse. This can be lower for pasture boarding and self-care packages or higher for stable boarding and full-care packages.

Is horse boarding considered farming?

Horse boarding is considered farming by the IRS. It’s considered agricultural production when you board or train horses for others. Maintain records related to horse boarding and your farm. Choose an accounting method to follow. Additionally, track all farm business information, such as gas mileage and employment taxes if you hire workers.

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