Get a contract with her, even if the board is free of charge. Explain it like this if you need to, "I know we're really good friends, and to stay that way, in case an issue ever comes up, I want to put down our agreement on paper so we both understand what's expected."
That's what I did with my BO turned Best friend when she started cutting my board down for the work I was doing, I said 'great, but lets put it in writing." Even if its just an email, it will cover your butt and hers.
Other than that.. I really like pelleted bedding. Though I leave my horses out (They have a run in.)
The amount of bedding you use will depend on how long the horses are in, how messy the horses are (Some are pigs) and how well you clean stalls. Some people waste a lot of bedding when they clean stalls.
You'll probably be buying 1 bag of grain a week depending on the weight of it. But plan to have an extra or two as back up in case something happens. For example: you get snowed in.
Speaking of getting snowed in. In the document you guys come up with, add who takes care of the horses in case of an emergency (Snow, tornado, what have you) and if the BO gets compensated for feeding/cleaning stalls during that time.
You should be feeding about 20% of their body weight in hay. Look into round-bales if you can for the field, so much cheaper.
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Last edited by Drifting; 11-22-2013 at 03:37 PM.