Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
I'm not positive on this, but I think my barn offers multiple horse discounts. Since I only have on horse, I can't be sure though, however.
Instead of thinking of it as a loss of profit, think of it this way: In a down economy, would you rather have a boarder who pays a discounted rate, on time, or would you rather have empty stalls? The first thing that draws people in to anything is how much it costs. If it ends up costing less the more you use it, then people will be more likely to buy it, use that service, etc.
My BO has also arranged a "board forgiveness" program. She takes off 50 dollars every 6 months, so we save 100 dollars a year on board. All you have to do is give her 30 days notice that you want to do that. Also, she's pretty lenient about late board paying. I once gave her the check for September on the 17th of September.....however, she knows that the economy is HORRIBLE here in Florida (10% unemployment) and we have a good solid group of boarders....everyone pays, so its just a matter of when.