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  • Joined Jan 2014
Holiday Livery - something people look for?
« on: September 09, 2019, 11:19:15 am »

Is holiday livery a service people look for or would they rather have the horses cared for at there home?

I am considering options for next year as I currently have the space so would like to do something to help others out if needed.

Thanks in advance :)


  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Holiday Livery - something people look for?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2019, 12:12:34 pm »
When people say 'holiday livery' I would assume they mean having people come and stay b&b with their horses. I think you are thinking of offering short term livery while people are away on their hols?

I'm not sure there is any need TBH. If I was away I would want my horses to stick to their usual routiene as much as possible. So I would employ a friend to come and do them in their current routiene, or possibly I would turn them all out 24/7 and have people feed and check them a few times a day.

I have wondered about a full livery service for rehab after an injury, or possibly a retirement livery. I think it would be quite reasonable to specify that visitors are welcome by appointment only. I couldn't be dealing with people turn up unnanounced at all hours!


  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Holiday Livery - something people look for?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019, 07:03:49 pm »
It is not something that I have ever considered in over half a century plus of horse owning.  I think that the majority of people have their horses kept on a livery yard of one sort and another and there are people there that can look after them.  Those who keep them at home often have several other animals of various sorts that also need looking after as well hence having live in sitters.


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Holiday Livery - something people look for?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 04:56:32 pm »
I have experience of having done this in the past and my advice would be to steer clear as it's more trouble than it's worth!  I ran a breaking, training and livery yard and offered "holiday accommodation" for horses belonging to  smallholders that were going away but didn't want to have "sitters" in... 

Given that there were animals coming and going regularly, I didn't think this was a stretch on services but some of the key drawbacks included:
- maintaining appropriate biosecurity measures, including being able to properly rest paddocks as you never know what they're carrying (worm burden, resistant strains, etc) and don't want to be the source of something nasty between short term residents;
- keeping them in the fields assigned - you'll always get something that clears deer fencing or gets under the lowest wire on the post because it thinks the grass is greener next door;
- there's always a higher risk with animals you're not familiar with and some horses take a few weeks to settle in so if they're only there for a fortnight you can end up with knocks and bumps to staff and animals so you need to ensure your insurance is up to scratch;
- my worst experience was taking on a horse that "wasn't quite right but there's nothing wrong according to the vet" whilst the keepers were away... their other horses were being looked after at home by a neighbour.  Despite assurances that they'd left contact numbers etc that didn't work out when the emergency occurred a couple of days later as they'd switched the mobiles off for the duration of their trip to enjoy themselves.  The horse didn't belong to them but the details they'd left for the owner were incorrect so I was also unable to contact the owner...  I spent almost 3 weeks on 24 hour care with the horse to nurse her through grass sickness until they got back.  The vet advised them to leave her with me for a few more weeks to ensure she was fully through the crisis and well into recovery before stressing her but they decided to take her home immediately.  A week later she had relapsed and the owners decided to end her suffering.

Sorry, I know that's probably not the positive feedback you were looking for, but the reality is that it's not easy money.  I would far rather take care of someone's animals at their premises than at mine now, as the biosecurity is so much easier to handle and the animals are more relaxed at home.
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  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Holiday Livery - something people look for?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 02:39:48 pm »
I’ve no idea if it would work where you are, nor even whether it’s really an idea that has legs, but an old boyfriend said there was money to be made in putting up polo ponies in the areas near to polo grounds - during the polo season, of course.

And the other thing that would work I guess is if you have a good network of bridleways, people might bring their horses for a riding holiday based at yours?  The farm opposite us in Cumbria used to have a camping barn and some other economical self-catering, and some people would bring their horses for a riding holiday for them and the horses.  Some based themselves there, and some were riding the Hadrian’s Wall coast to coast.
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