Thanks for the advice! I have a budget set for my tiny house but I've also allowed plenty of room for extra expenses, and me and my parents have long since figured out how the taxes, electricity, etc. will be taken care of, so none of that is a problem. I've also talked to them about boarding, and they completely support it. I'll probably start with the five acres, which is fine because even if boarding doesn't work out, I do have a horse of my own and could potentially get another in the future, so it wouldn't be wasted. It would be pasture boarding but there is a shed type building on the property (I think it was a shelter for hogs or cows once a long time ago?) that I could fix up a little and use as a run in shelter. And I do plan on putting up a round pen, in or next to the pasture, I'm trying to figure out how to do water right now, as we don't have a pond on our property. We have a wet weather creek, but I'd have to have something else to use when it's dry, also trying to figure out how to do fence, almost everyone in our area does barbed wire, occasionally hot fence, no matter if they're doing small time boarding, breeding, riding lessons, rescues, or just have horses as pets. I don't want to do barbed wire, for obvious reasons, but what would be good that's cheaper than pipe?
Also, I know nothing about liability insurance or how it works, I'd say most if not all the people around here that board don't have it. But I think I would like to have it, does anyone know a rough estimate of what it could cost?
As for not paying rent, I would have a contract drawn up. I would also have in the contract that they need to provide proof of current coggins, vaccines, and deworming. I wouldn't want to risk someone else's horse getting sick if I have multiple, and I don't want to get burned if they don't pay rent for a certain amount of time.
I would probably charge a lot less than I could, just as long as I make enough to cover the things I need to cover, just because starting out I don't want people to think I'm too expensive and avoid using me, and because I would do it where they provide grain if they want it. I'd have grass in the summer and hay in the winter.
I'm thinking with just 5 acres, I would board three horses max, but if I can keep three horses boarded at all times, and I have other people wanting to board frequently, then and only then would I take the rest of my money to put towards more land, and my dad likes the idea enough that he said if it's going well within a year or two, or three, he'd be willing to invest in some land with me, and do it together. I know it wouldn't be a big money thing, but I think it would cover the cost of land and give us some extra money for taking care of our own animals. And I would absolutely love to be able to spend all that time with horses everyday, which is why I like the idea in the first place.