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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Prices here in my part of Texas are just ridiculous to begin with. I don't know where you live OP, but $200 is really pretty decent for what you have, especially if you're in the subburbs. I think I'd prefer an A personality BO over a B personality BO who lets everything go to pot.
I board my miniature mare in a small run/shed set up at my barn, Normal price is $200 for complete self care (you clean the pen, clean and fill buckets, feed your own hay, grain, etc) $250 for hay and feeding once per day, $325 full care. The fencing isnt that great and we have a history with bad things happening in the area, but the horses are decently kept and its one of the cheapest in the area.
To cut down my costs, I actually feed/water BOs and the boarders horses in the evenings (there are 40 of them O_O I feed rain or shine, and it takes me 1 1/2 hours) and I feed my mini mare myself in the evenings. I still pay $125 and am very lucky. I've been looking to change stables due to the criminal activity in our area but normal complete self care pasture board with 4-7 other horses is $250+!
I'm not going to call you a brat, and I understand wanting to look for options. I also understand being frustrated by your age and the situation (I'm 17 for the record) but really your situation could have been a lot worse.
As a side note though, our BO actually has a lot of rules in place that sound annoying to use but are for liability also. It is for ALL boarders and lesson kids. If you're seen without a helmet more than three times you must get your horse and you off the property within two weeks. No riding tackless whatsoever. You must have a 'permit' to ride outside of the arena or roundpen, or to ride in only a halter. No 'hanging out' around the horses. They all sound annoying to you and me, but they have their purposes and keep everyone safer!
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