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View Poll Results: Stall Cleaning: Would You Rather...
Stay out one night a week to save $20 7 36.84%
Keep the "in at night" schedule" just don't clean 1 day a week 2 10.53%
Pay the extra $20 to have stalls cleaned extra 4 days a month. 10 52.63%
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post #11 of 17 Old 05-13-2011, 11:00 AM
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I am not sure why you need a policy change then.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-13-2011, 11:29 AM
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I chose letting them stay out a day a week. My horse is currently out 24/7 and seems to do very well for it. I prefer turn out to stalls unless I need them in for vet care/don't want them looking like a yetti for a show in the morning.
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-13-2011, 07:59 PM
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I don't think an additional $20 month for stall cleaning is realistic. Have you timed yourself to see how long it takes? That means you will clean a stall for about 80 cents a day. I could see charging an extra $20 week. Most barns charge either inside care and or outside care. Inside includes stall cleaning. Don't sell yourself short by devalueing your time.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-14-2011, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think an additional $20 month for stall cleaning is realistic. Have you timed yourself to see how long it takes? That means you will clean a stall for about 80 cents a day. I could see charging an extra $20 week. Most barns charge either inside care and or outside care. Inside includes stall cleaning. Don't sell yourself short by devalueing your time.

This is $20 for 4 days of stall cleaning. 1 day a week off essentially... not the whole month!

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post #15 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 06:52 PM
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I don't know why people are offended by the $20 cost... its not like that's an extra $20 in my pocket, that's just what it cost in materials and labor.
I just don't understand this concept at all. If you need an extra $20 per boarder to cover your costs, then increase the board by $20. It is certainly not an answer for me to reduce the basic care for horses by not mucking out.

I imagine that those paying for stalls rather than the cheaper field board, are doing this for a reason, they want their horses stalled over night. So the extra night out option just does not make sense.

I would be really peeved and would start looking for another barn if the BO was trying to cut corners and not mucking out every day.
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 07:32 PM
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Having followed both the threads about stall cleaning and a few others from the OP, I would say that as a consumer (i.e., the boarder) I would prefer to have a business owner who is definitive in their decisions. I would not want to be frequently asked to weigh several different options (6 days/week stall cleaning, 7, or turn out, or this...) and compare this to some potential price change. I would expect the price to be set and not changed except at my yearly contract renewal.

Starline, you have mentioned several times that your prices are very low for your area. Perhaps it would be better to determine what you think are essential needs for the horse (like daily stall cleaning if inside, or 2ce daily feeding if outside, or whatever) and then set a price based on the costs associated with care, plus a profit for you.

It is fine for you to take a profit! It sounds like you have a very nice barn. I think your boarders will thank you in the long run if you simply make a decision and stick with it.
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-18-2011, 11:18 AM
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I just don't understand this concept at all. If you need an extra $20 per boarder to cover your costs, then increase the board by $20. It is certainly not an answer for me to reduce the basic care for horses by not mucking out.

I would be really peeved and would start looking for another barn if the BO was trying to cut corners and not mucking out every day.
I agree.

My point about not feeding on that day you don't clean stalls - seriously - how long does it take? You do not work a full time job off the farm and have an exact schedule. So maybe you don't clean them all at once, but they still should be cleaned.

Cleaning stalls is a great indicator of normal for a horse. The first clue something is up can be lack - or change of manure.

Not an option in my book.
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