Two Horses or a Couple of Dogs, Rabbits, Goats? Make Money on Airbnb!

Did you know that people are booking experiences (not accommodation) on Airbnb that focus on hanging out, interacting, or simply hiking with animals?

Horse owners have traditionally offered riding lessons, or trail riding to help defray the high costs of keeping these beautiful creatures. But as consciousness and appreciation of animals has expanded in recent years, people are now willing to pay just to be around animals. No doubt, rising urbanization – where people are pretty much cut off from animals and nature – is also driving this trend.

(c) Airbnb

Regardless, I’m going to show you some ideas that you can copy/swipe to offer your own Animal Experience and perhaps earn a few dollars to pay for a few bags of supplements here and there! For some of you, who knows, this could open up a whole new stream of clients.

Airbnb has recently dedicated an entire category on their site called Animals on Airbnb Experiences. As someone who has mentored dozens of people in starting or growing their business, I recommend you scroll through the listings and find one that looks similar to what you can offer, then use that listing as a template, or guideline for creating your own. If you can find one with glowing reviews (and lots of them), even better! That shows that the listor has included the information people want and has given enough detail and instruction for people to make a purchasing decision.

Just to show you how simple this can be – check out this listing for hanging out with two horses. This is a bare-bones listing, with very little info, but some good pictures (which convey a lot of information), and you can see she’s already had some response and a couple of great reviews.

Hanging out with Horses (c) Airbnb

This next one allows you to meet their goats and then just follow them around the pasture. YES, it can be that simple! Read some of the five star reviews to find out why something so simple can be so enjoyable for people. Here’s an example:

“Wow! This was truly a unique and special experience. Judy is phenomenal – friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming. The goats were adorable and we fell in love with the dog, Jack 🙂 Judy’s carefully tended and beautiful pasture was a dream to experience alongside the animals. Highly recommend!”

Next, I’d like to give you an example, of how highly creative you can get with these experiences. This dog & beer experience is a collaboration between a local pub and a dog rescue. If you read the reviews you can see that this creative joint-venture benefits the dog rescue, the pub, the local breweries and the community; as a result of this experience, people feel more connected and supported within their community. Fabulous.

Dogs & Beer – Note they’ve included a Video too – GREAT idea! (c) Airbnb

The 38 five star reviews on this pig visit experience show you don’t even need to have a lot of animals to make $42/hour from Airbnb visitors.

Lastly, here are some the top-selling Animal Experiences currently on Airbnb so you can get a good idea of people who are:

a) Offering what visitors want
b) Have good listings; with good descriptions, information and photographs
c) Have structured their offer with the right meeting point of what you get vs. what you pay – i.e. they have figured out the pricing sweet point for their offering.

Horse Whispering with an Equine Therapist, Barcelona, Spain – $119/person, 3 hours in group session, 47 Reviews (video on this one too)

Sheep Walking in Whitby, UK – $48/person, 1 hour, 47 Reviews

Hands On with Mares & Foals in Monterey, CA – $69/person, 1 hour, 36 Reviews

Alpaca Trekking through the Forest, Tralee, Ireland – $38/person, 2 hours, 119 Reviews

Mindfulness with Horses and Nature, Segovia, Spain – $25/person, 1.5 hours, 17 Reviews

Mindfulness with Horses and Nature (c) Airbnb

One thing I observed from strolling through this new category on Airbnb, is that there is a definite lack of horse experiences offered here. There are far more listings for dogs, alpacas, goats, llamas etc. then there are for horses – so that means there’s plenty of opportunity for horse-based offerings!

Animal welfare?

Another great thing about this offering, is that Airbnb have really taken the lead in requiring that all Animal Experiences adhere to World Animal Protection guidelines.

Enforcing these guidelines can be done via the guests; if they notify Airbnb that a provider is not compliant, then Airbnb will cancel their listing. Certain activities, like riding elephants, captive marine mammals, and big cat interactions are completely prohibited.

This is a fabulous example of a big company BEING THE CHANGE we all want to see in the world.

If you love this idea/opportunity and create your own Animal Experience listing, please post it below and share it with us!

Two Horses or a Couple of Dogs, Rabbits, Goats? Make Money on Airbnb!

10 thoughts on “Two Horses or a Couple of Dogs, Rabbits, Goats? Make Money on Airbnb!

  • October 6, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    Hi Jini
    Thank you for researching and posting this. As an airbnb host its is something I do for free, the guests who like horses, and are fit and capable, come walking in the forrest or down to the river with me and my 4 equines. I will have to up my programme and think of something.
    My horses live as yours do, I dont do anything they dont want to……… so a “programe” as such may be difficult.
    As a masterson method practitioner I will look into how i can incorporate chill time, and the power of touch………
    Would love to hear others thoughts ?
    many thanks
    Monica

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    • October 6, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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      Well I guess you could just keep doing what you’re already doing – but charge for it. Offer it as an add-on to your existing listing (don’t know if that’s allowed)? Or have a little flyer in the room letting guests know it’s available and how much it costs.

      Some of the examples I gave above have a great way of languaging the ‘value’ of this experience – take a read through them and I’ll bet you’ll come away with some ideas 🙂

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  • October 6, 2019 at 6:20 am
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    Jini this is sooo interesting, I didn’t know this existed. My “Kesia” (sorry Kesia, don’t mean to reference you like a thing… but I have my very own best friend/co-founder/animal step-mom/hoof trimmer/dream sharer; her name is Laurie) was looking for a way to do something exactly like this and has been having so much of a hard time reaching people… I think this might just be the solution! I’m so excited about this new possibility! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • October 6, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    This is such a great idea! Not sure it would be for me or my herd..🤔…..but I think it could be such an amazing venture for so many who could use some extra income to help the pricey upkeep of horses! Or as just a great Opportunity to do something you love! I am personally a bit of a control freak and don’t necessarily like to have strangers that I know nothing about come to our little slice of heaven! I do realize most humans are amazing….but it is those few…that I would be so hesitant about allowing into my energy field! I absolutely try and share the horse energy with my neighbors , who don’t have horses….and especially the children who they have or that visit….IME…horses are so powerful to little people…they are so drawn to them! I know I was! Obviously Still am!
    Jini I really think this could open some wonderful opportunities for so many of the LTYH family! Jini you always have a way of giving…making the world a better place as you send that positive, resourceful, intelligent, beautiful vibes rippling out into the world!
    ✌🏼❤️🐴

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    • October 6, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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      Awww thanks Michelle! And I agree – it’s good to know what you enjoy, and what you don’t. Also to ask your animals 🙂

      My herd have made it very clear that they love to teach/share via video. For people, they are only interested in the ones they call – who are mostly teachers themselves. They have actually physically pushed people out of their space.

      We each have the ways we enjoy sharing or gifting – what’s important is KNOWING what your ways are. I love your clarity!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    Thank you Jini!! I have a cottage which friends often say, “Why don’t you do AirBNB?” I would rather have a full time resident who can help with farm chores and possibly keep their horses here. And I have my two beautiful donkeys. I am 16 months into being at my farm and 6 months into keeping donkeys. I have just been nudged to return to teaching, and as I explore my ideas and make my tack room a yummy classroom, this idea fits right in. When my friends visit from Seattle, they exhale and sleep better than they do at home. I know that sharing a connection to Nature is part of the mission here, and I have an 800-acre park next door. Plus a wonderful ferry ride to get here from Seattle. You have given me a new idea to explore. I am looking forward to it. Thank you!!!
    Barbara

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    • October 15, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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      Your location, skills and resources sound wonderful Barbara! I’ll bet people would love to learn donkey massage – which they could then transfer some skills to their horse, dog, etc. You might even have human RMTs coming for the experience. Can your donkeys halter lead? Are you thinking excursions into the 800 acre park? How magical that would be! You could even add a mix of all kinds of things – planting an herb garden (which they take home), or rock painting (gathered on a walk) or even this idea:

      https://listentoyourhorse.com/holding-art-circles-with-horses/

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  • October 18, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    Hey Jini,
    Thanks so much for posting this. What a ripper idea! I haven’t been on the site for awhile due to the threat of imminent bush fires. They have been getting rather too close for comfort, so I’ve been busy round the property watching for spot fires!and been studying wind and fire maps alot lol.
    So if I dont get burnt out this Spring/Summer I shall definately consider this as a venture for the future.
    Things have eased a bit for the moment but any big winds an its on again.
    V exhausting stuff but an amazing learning experience!
    Thanks again for your generous heart Jini!
    Namaste and big hugs
    Erin 🌳🐎🐐🐕🐈🐔🐨

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