Horse Paddocks

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Rollacosta, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hi are any of you guys out there offering horse paddock maintenance,if you are what services do you provide ,what kit do you use??? etc etc

    I'm thinking about offering this service. Thanks for your replies. :)
     
  2. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
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    never heard of it.
     
  3. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Wont pick up dog crap why would I want to pick up a whole stall of horse crap. Bad enough when you have to smell dog crap all day because its on one of your tires but no way do I want horse crap on my shoes all day.
    Any ways I am sure you wont make the kind of money that you are needing to stay in business. Most around here only pay their help a max of 10 per hour. GOod luck getting more than that.
     
  4. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
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    Heres what a guy in the UK is doing ,i don't think you guys really get the jist of what i'm talking about so here goes www.paddockcare.com.
     
  5. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    We mow for 3 different customers that have horses, largest has about 6 acres of pasture(paddock). Its just keeping the weeds cut down. We also do an orchard, apples,pears,blueberrys, every 2 weeks. Nothing fussy, just like brush hog mowing except we use our mowers. Another customer has about 1 acre of woods that we use the old 48" w/b on in late summer to cut the scrub brush that wants to grow every year. Mowing is mowing,charge accordingly.Anything that needs 4x4 traction I sub out to a friend with an Abei that has a 6' front flail mower.

    Gene
     
  7. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
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    gene don't you offer services similer to what is on the websites above ,i think this may be quite porofitable as there doesn't seem to be that many guys specialising in equestrian paddock/pasture maintenance, overhere or in the States
     
  8. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I advertised this year for horse paddocks but Ill only do them if its say knee high or lower. A few tall weeds are ok though. Horse poo dont bother me, its just grass and grain, not meaty ..... ahhh stop there! :p
    Actually gonna take on a cow paddock on Wednesday!
    Heres a paddock I did last year! It was drought and the grass wasnt long at all. Was just cutting a few weeds really and was quick easy money! :waving:

    Tally block horse.JPG
     
  9. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mickhippy i don't have a problem either with horse cr+p :) ,if the paddock you worked on was drought didn't you try and sell aeration ?? the paddock also looked as if it could have done with an overseed IMO..The horesy community over here seem to have a bit of do$h ,i'm going to try and tap into there market
     
  10. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Rolla, The people who had the paddock actually owned a farm type supply store. You know, they sold fert, seed, poisons, hey etc. If they wanted it seeded they would of done it them selves as they did on an other paddock they have.
    I think they just had there horse the temporarily while there other paddock was coming good. I also mowed the other as well.
    Your right though, up selling might of been an idea but people here in general just arnt interested.

    Good market to get into if possible. Horse people always seemed to be thankfull for the job unlike normal home owners. Its a country thing! hehe
     

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