Well, the barn where I work is pretty basic - but it's also pretty cheap! And when I get my own I may be taking the option (after I've had it a while and providing it is suitable) to allow the owner to use it for riding lessons and so only pay 'working livery' fee - half off!
Use of a box to stable your horse for as long during whatever part of the day you desire, all with automatic waterer
- you may opt out of this completely, or only for the summer and keep your horse out 24/7, as many do, which brings the price down considerably
5 fairly large fields and one slightly smaller
- well managed, fertilised, automatic waterers, well-fenced with post and rail and electric tape, mares and geldings kept separately, sympathetically organised so that there are no clashes, rotated, harrowed, ragworted every year, never had restricted turnout due to them being too wet/overgrazed etc.
Use of the outdoor school and lightweight polyjumps and poles
- sand, regularly managed but does flood in really bad rain
Use of a larger jumping paddock with heavier wooden jumps, including barrels and fillers
Miles and miles of good hacking and bridleway access
Use of the unlocked tack room and locked lockers if you wish (most people take their's home with the because the place is quite remote)
Huge brand new barn for storage
- good quality shavings, enough for a half-bed, pay extra for deep-litter
- fed ad-lib in winter to stabled and turned out horses
All BASIC feed
- mix, sugarbeet, alpha-A and hi-fi (and probably anything else basic if you requested it)
People who will be up there twice a day, EVERY day, to check on your horse and turn it out/bring it in/feed it/change rugs/muck out etc. for no extra cost (they will do this unless you specifically tell them you would like to do it) and who KNOW every horse personally, all are good friends with the owner, not just employees
Owner is a qualified dressage/showjumping instructor who is VERY knowledgable and willing to help, will go out of the way to support her liveries (except the crazy guy...)
Relaxed, friendly atmosphere where people are pretty much willing to be flexible to your horse's needs
Price does NOT include:
Special dietary needs
And, of course, all tack rugs etc. - are yo seriously telling me some of your yards PAY for your rugs???
I wish it had:
Electricity - used to but the underground lines gt damaged and the owner cut the supply rather than dig the whole road up to repair it, saying it's cheaper and we manage without, which we do (we have a camping stove and a generator for emergencies/short-term use)
A toilet - kinda sucks, really wish we had one, but if we were desparate the yard next door would let us use theirs
Hot running water - especially in winter
An indoor school - you have to pay a BOMB for one of these round here and even the 'posh' yard on our road doesn't have one, but a girl can dream...