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    04-12-2011, 01:07 PM
  #1
Yearling
If your barn raised board...

Lets say you board your horse at a good facility but it doesn't have an indoor... Then in a few months they decide to put one in. Would you leave if they raised the board $50?

Right now I have a GREAT group of boarders and I don't want anyone to leave. I have to raise board $50 to pay for the arena. I already provide the best value in the area. I give $100 off of board for referrals (for the old and new boarder) $25 off board for lesson referrals and I except purina feed coupons that I can use and take that off their board as well. I allow boarders to work off board too...

So would you leave?
     
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    04-12-2011, 01:10 PM
  #2
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That would depend on what I could afford and how quickly the indoor went up although to be honost, I'm not sure because my gym raised my fees so that they could recarpet the womens workout room and I remember I was so angry I left becuase I felt that we had a contract and they had no right as they should have paid for it out of overhead....

I personally would probably think it was worth paying more for an indoor but I don't know if your boarders can afford the increase...?
     
    04-12-2011, 01:11 PM
  #3
Showing
You need to address this with your boarders. I'd say putting in an indoor is a great benefit, and well worth an additional $50.00/month. However, some people are already at their horse spending limit, and another $50.00 will push them over the edge.

Besides, if the increase is to pay to have it put in, what happens to the board prices once it's all paid for? Your boarders would like to know that, I'll bet.
     
    04-12-2011, 01:13 PM
  #4
Showing
What is the haul-in rate for nearby arenas? Most arenas in my area charge $25/use, so for $50 a month, I'd be able to haul in to an arena twice. I would absolutely embrace a $50 per month increase in exchange for an indoor arena.
Why not ask your boarders themselves? I'm sure most of them won't mind, but why not approach them? You will definitely increase your marketability towards more clients with an indoor.
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    04-12-2011, 01:15 PM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
You need to address this with your boarders. I'd say putting in an indoor is a great benefit, and well worth an additional $50.00/month. However, some people are already at their horse spending limit, and another $50.00 will push them over the edge.

Besides, if the increase is to pay to have it put in, what happens to the board prices once it's all paid for? Your boarders would like to know that, I'll bet.
Great post.
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    04-12-2011, 01:16 PM
  #6
Started
$50?? For an indoor? I'd say. Haha especially if I already am happy with what i'm getting there and the people there. The safety of my horse is most important to me so, provided that's already kosher, I think the $50 extra to have an indoor would be icing on the cake.
     
    04-12-2011, 01:19 PM
  #7
Trained
I agree with the others about asking your boarders. Maybe hold a meeting or something? I've never boarded so I'm not sure how you go about things like that.

If I was boarding and I could afford it I wouldn't mind paying an extra $50 a month for an indoor, I'd consider it well worth the expense. But I'd like to know more than a month ahead of time...
     
    04-12-2011, 01:27 PM
  #8
Banned
Another vote to ask your boarders.


If the indoor going up is a done deal be sure to give your current boarders plenty of notice of the increase in the board so they can more easily find a new suitable situation with out feeling rushed.




An idea to make the board increase not seem to bad to them is to raise their board less than you will charge new boarders coming to the facility because of the indoor.
For example - if the old board rate (pulling numbers from the sky) was $300 and you want to raise their board to $350, charge new boarders $375 so the existing boarders feel like they are getting a discount for being loyal customers.
     
    04-12-2011, 01:32 PM
  #9
Yearling
I'm not sure what you mean by what happens when it's all paid for? I'll be paying for this sucker for 10 years... Raising the board $50 for the 25 spots I have will make the payment every month. FYI I will be the cheapest indoor arena in the area that provides full care. I'm also the only barn that provides farrier and de-worming in my already competitive pricing.

Right now stalls are $375 and that includes feed 2x, hay, all day turn out in nice grass pastures, shavings, daily stall cleaning, trailer parking, farrier trimming every 6 weeks and deworming every 8. We provide an average of 2 acres per horse. Amenities are outdoor arena with jumps (no lights though), 50ft solid round pen, 2 wash rack areas, secure tack room with tons of space, (soon to have a boarder lounge and bathroom).

I know my stall boarders won't leave because they were paying more than $400-$425 for no indoor, no farrier. My pasture boarders however....Right now I charge $250 and that includes everything above except for a stall and they are only fed once a day with a feed bag.

I just wanted to ask Horse Forum to gage responses...
     
    04-12-2011, 01:37 PM
  #10
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    

An idea to make the board increase not seem to bad to them is to raise their board less than you will charge new boarders coming to the facility because of the indoor.
For example - if the old board rate (pulling numbers from the sky) was $300 and you want to raise their board to $350, charge new boarders $375 so the existing boarders feel like they are getting a discount for being loyal customers.
Good Idea! I was not expecting good advice from you of all posters.. Thank you.
     

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