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post #11 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 11:43 AM
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I'm also in New England. My board is $450 and has not/most likely will not increase. I can't imagine paying that much for board and I wouldn't be pleased if I got notices of multiple board increases so close together. If I were in that situation, I would look for other options in the area. Are there certain amenities you could do without? I can't imagine that there aren't other more affordable barns that will take good care of your horse. Good luck!
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 04:33 PM
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My barn and a lot of barns in the area imposed a hay increase this winter, due to the dry spring and low crop yields. I think the hay fee is reasonable, but on top of a barn fee increase it's a little excessive. I would find out if the hay fee will be taken off if their is a better crop next year.
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 04:34 PM
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Regardless of how much you're paying for board, getting two increases back to back like that is poor form- the BM should have been considering the cost of hay when figuring the amount for the first board increase. If you like the barn otherwise, you might overlook it this time, but let the BM know tactfully that it was not appreciated.

Any time the cost of boarding increases, it's time to decide if you can afford the new monthly rate and if it's on par with similar facilities in your area. If you can't afford it, you can either see if the BO would be willing to work out some other arrangements (such as partial board or working off some of the board each month) or you need to decide what amenities you're willing to give up and find a facility that may not be quite as nice or convenient.
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 05:53 PM
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That much of an increase seems a bit excessive, but to me $800 is crazy high, that is nearly as much as my mortgage! At my previous barn I was paying $350 plus I would supply my own grain and before that I was paying $200 also supplying grain. Now all my horses are kept for "free" at my moms house.
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-15-2013, 03:09 PM
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the OP states she is in one of the Top barns. She does not state what she gets for that fee. If the barn cleans the stall, supplies bedding, blankets, does turn out, round pens etc, you are paying for labor and time on top of the stall and hay cost. There are taxes that increase,water bills increase, electricity increase, propane increases, Insurance increase. Personally I would not pay that amount per horse, but then again I do not live in that area.
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post #16 of 16 Old 01-16-2013, 08:05 PM
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New England is a huge area:

if you're close to NYC then i'll bet $800 is a bargain for a good barn, if you're in a small rural town $800 isn't going to be heard of.

Taxes reflect the property features and how "fancy" everything looks to the assessor, but fancy isn't always best for the horse even though most feel that a fancy barn must be better so we must be willing to pay more, that is just human nature...drawn to the shinny new things.

as far as the back-to-back increases: the easiest way to cut that second fee is offer to provide the hay yourself.

the Barn Owner is running a business, you can offer to bargain some time mucking stalls for a reduced rate, you can go elsewhere, or offer a cash price by the first of everey month (cash is king and in my business if a farmer pays me in cash I give a discount EVERY time since a check the govt takes the first 20-30%, so I give back 10-15 they save i make MORE and both are happy)
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