I don't agree with this at all. If I don't go to work because I'm sick or injured, I don't get paid. Period. So why should your boarders have to pay extra for the same services so that you can keep paying yourself AND an employee to do the same amount of work? If you're temporarily out of commission, I would hope you had some padding in your savings account to help you through while you paid some barn staff to take over your responsibilities, it shouldn't be coming out of your clients pocket.
Psst... did you ever consider that other people won't work for WE as the barn owners are paid? Our board is basically broken down so that the boarders pay for the use of the facility (including insurance/portion of mainenance/etc) and their horse's feeds. We get paid pennies for the time we spend here, which we do because we love our farm and the horses and the people here... BUT, without people willing to show their appreciation, dealing with the bratty people around makes barn owners NOT love their jobs so much (especially this one), regardless of how much they love the horses in their keep and how well they care for them. Hence: a thread about BOARDER ETIQUETTE! It is to give you people who board your horses a clue as to what goes into it. You aren't paying board to buy stock in a person and their living, you are paying board for services that are spelled out for you. If the situation at a facility changes, whether feed prices go up, the facility decides to take on employees and make sure stalls are cleaned 2x daily (whereas perhaps they were cleaned 1x daily before), then those costs are typically passed on to the boarders, whether they realize it or not. Granted, some barns charge an arm and a leg up front, and can afford to add those services with a zero-minimal price increase, but it is because you are ALREADY paying the enough to provide those services.
I can't tell you the number of times I've met another Barn Owner and people have said "She's rough with people, but she is great with the horses..."
There is no extra to pay ourselves and to line our pockets, and we do this as a "kindness" for our boarders. You, Kenda, are ignorant to the fact that MOST (read: not ALL)
boarding facilities make their "profits" on lessons and other services, not in boarding. Again - depends upon the facility and the back story. Our board just went up to reflect the hay prices - we have enough "padding" that we gave our clients a month's heads up, even though we were paying the "extra" for hay (to the tune of $30.00/horse, which quickly added up to over $500.00 at our facility/month) when we notified them that board was going up. We did that as a courtesy to our boarders.
Clearly, some boarders do NOT have a clue. You shouldn't pay for the barn staff? Um... why do you think you are charged board? What do you think goes into your board? If you board at a family operated facility, and it is cheaper than the place up the road who has employees, why do you suppose there is a price difference? :::insert eyeroll here:::
Again - be an astute boarder, do your research, be conscientious. Find out what your board pays for. Does your BO actually charge enough that they can hire outside help? Alternately, like I said, some barns charge an arm and a leg, and won't break down your board price and tell you what you are paying, and the BO may make hundreds of dollars per horse. Maybe you don't want to know. Maybe your barn owner doesn't want to tell you any more than what your contract states... either way, there are differences across the board.