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    View Poll Results: What do you think about hoof trimming being included in board?
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        04-28-2011, 03:28 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sahara    
    No offense, but if I were interviewing barns and you said these things to me, I would think you were a control freak and run the other way. LOL

    I would want the option of having the farrier of my choosing, not who you choose for me.
    They can use anyone one they want.. how is that controlling? I'm just saying that if they want to use someone else I'm not paying for it because it's a pain in the butt. :o)

    If a barn charged approximately the same as other barns but included farrier trimming (if you used their farrier) but could use your own (just like the other barns) wouldn't that be a bonus? It's not like I'm charging way more.

    Like I said, my thought was #1 Marketing edge.. being the only barn who does it. #2 convenience for me and them. Farrier blocking entrances taking up tacking space when everyone and their mom is at the barn. I usually have the farrier come in the morning that way everything is done and cleaned up by the time everyone comes out.#3 everyone saves a few bucks by buying in bulk so to speak.

    Lol I thought it was genius.....guess I was wrong? I tried to create the kind of boarding barn I always wanted when I was a boarder; busy college student who had hell of a time coordinating withe the farrier. :o)
         
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        04-28-2011, 03:30 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Nope doesnt change anything at all except to make me think I wouldnt be bringing my horses to your place.

    My horses are competition horses, they are not on bog standard feeds, they are on competition mixes. They also do not get 4lbs twice a day and they get alot of other stuff in thier feeds.

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    advise another farrier for major corrective work.
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    Horses with good feet get done weather they need it or not
    I also don't like it being dictated when my horses have thier feet done or how they are done. If they don't need it they wont get trimmed and if they need anything special I decide whether it is done or not.

    I would quite litteraly hit the roof if someone tried to dictate how my horses are done.
         
        04-28-2011, 03:46 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TKButtermilk    
    So basically you're making money off the farrier thing, they're paying every 4 weeks but the horses are done every 6. So they're basically paying even on the month the horses aren't done.
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    I assure you I'm not making a profit by including this service. 52 weeks divided by 6 weeks is 8.7.. 8.7 times $30 for the trim is $261 per horse per year divided by 12 months out of the year which cost me $21.75 per horse per month.

    He is the cheapest farrier (that actually does a good job) $30 on trims, $55 for front shoes and $80 for full set... My other boarder's farrier charges $40 for trims and $120 for full set which means she pays $87 dollars a year more for trims or $420 more for full set of shoes. I guess this makes me the big bad barn owner for saving them so much money
         
        04-28-2011, 03:52 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by faye    
    Nope doesnt change anything at all except to make me think I wouldnt be bringing my horses to your place.

    My horses are competition horses, they are not on bog standard feeds, they are on competition mixes. They also do not get 4lbs twice a day and they get alot of other stuff in thier feeds.



    I also don't like it being dictated when my horses have thier feet done or how they are done. If they don't need it they wont get trimmed and if they need anything special I decide whether it is done or not.

    I would quite litteraly hit the roof if someone tried to dictate how my horses are done.
    I'll feed anything my feed store has available. I just charge the difference per lb.. We currently have horses on horseman's edge, strategy healthy edge, wellsolve low startch and triple crown senior. We also feed supplements for free if the owner provides them.

    I don't dictate how their horses feet are done. Boarders are more than welcome to come out and hold their horse. If they have a special request, they are more than welcome to call the farrier, or leave them a note with instructions for their horse.
         
        04-28-2011, 04:10 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    I think I am going to be the oddball out here and say that I would like it....as long as I had come out once to meet the farrier and saw how he was with my horse, what kind of job he did, etc.

    Since it is divided up equally throughout the whole year, I know exactly what I am having to pay, and wouldn't have to think "Oh crap! Farrier is out this week and I need to make sure I get out there to drop off an extra cheque!". It would just make my life a little bit easier.


    My barn basically has one farrier (or I have never seen any others) and there are about 40 horses. However, he is there quite often, so he isn't having to bang out 40 horses in one shot. He bills the owners directly, and leaves it in the washroom. Cheques for him are then left in the same spot for him to pickup. Since he is out often (it seems he is there once a week sometimes!) he is not so put out with not having the money in hand when he goes to shoe the horse.

    However, there is no holding fee, even if the horses have to be brought inside.
         
        04-28-2011, 05:09 PM
      #26
    Banned

    And here I thought I explained all sides of the situation.

    Some how that was no help. Hmpf.
         
        04-28-2011, 05:29 PM
      #27
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TKButtermilk    
    So basically you're making money off the farrier thing, they're paying every 4 weeks but the horses are done every 6. So they're basically paying even on the month the horses aren't done.
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    Pretty much my thoughts too...
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        04-29-2011, 12:59 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Well I'm not making money... just dividing it up to every month. But ok.

    Should I offer both options or not even bother? Obviously my good intentions are not being well received.....
         
        04-29-2011, 01:12 PM
      #29
    Banned
    Like I said before - Ask. Your. Boarders!

    They are really the only people who this subject should matter to at this point.
         
        04-29-2011, 01:37 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Sorry Behind.... sorry I didn't even see your post! (perhaps to busy looking at the evil owl lol) I've talked with some about it. However, most of my boarders love the farrier thing included. I'm not full though, and my husband brought up that perhaps the farrier thing is not well received... So that's why I was asking non-boarders.
         

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