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post #1 of 13 Old 01-01-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Boarding price change

I'm just wondering what your experience on changing a boarding price. I know that as cost of living and well, cost of everything goes up, eventually boarding costs will go up, which I can understand and have no problem with. I was wondering if there should be a couple months notice before the price changes?
What is your experience with this situation, and what is the norm for when the price changes? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 02:12 PM
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I don't board, but it seems like they should give you a few months' notice to find a new barn if you can't pay the new expected price.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 02:40 PM
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30 day notice would be the max I would give and possibly less if there was something unforeseen that made expenses go up. Like flooding and it ruined the hay crop and hay doubled in price or something of that nature
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 02:42 PM
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It was always at least 30 days' notice when I boarded if there was going to be a price increase.

Generally, prices don't go up that much higher, because the cost increase is spread among all the boarders.
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 02:53 PM
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I believe the only times board has been increased when I was boarding we were given 45 days notice (a month and a half), this allowed us to give full 30 days notice if we did not want to continue boarding there after the increase.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 03:15 PM
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A couple of months may be unrealistic, depending on the reasons for the price change. If the BO is caught off guard by a sudden rise in the cost of hay, bedding, labor or feed, they have to raise the price to the boarders ASAP in order to avoid going into the red.

Most boarding barns have a very, very, very narrow profit margin and many are "loss leaders" for a lesson, training and showing business. Labor and overhead usually eat up all available revenue; so even small changes in supply prices can wreck havoc.

I do agree, though, if the increase is more than 15%, there should be a grace period to allow folks to make other arrangements.

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 03:47 PM
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30 day notice would be the max I would give and possibly less if there was something unforeseen that made expenses go up. Like flooding and it ruined the hay crop and hay doubled in price or something of that nature

As a boarder, I would expect 30 days notice. Just as when renting an apartment/house etc. However, in the event of an emergancy, i can see how 30 days could be basically impossible.

This is yet another reason i really liked the set up I was in when I was boarding. I had to supply my own bedding, and food, but board never went up, because it was just use of amenities!

If i had a boarder, and I supplied everything, i would do my best to give more than 30 days notice, as it is, in my opinion, unreasonable (except in extreme case, such as desaster as mentioned above) to expect somebody to stay and pay the new fee with no notice. Seem to me that would cause problems for the BO possibly more than it would for the boarder. I know I would seriously consider just leaving if I wasn't given notice of a board increase.

But, also as somebody else mentioned, board increase are usually smaller because they are spread over all boarders. Of course, if you are at a small barn, it could mean bad news for you
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 06:29 PM
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My board just went down. It was about a week notice..It went from 195/month self care to 180 however now we have to provide our own shavings.. It's a bit inconvenient but at least we were given shavings for that last week in December..If the price went up I would want at LEAST 2 weeks notice..a month would be what I would expect though.
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 06:41 PM
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I am going to double check my contract but our barn gives us 3 months notice of a rate change. I'm sure if there was some unforseen emergency they may talk to us. I also know she has already allotted hay/grain etc. for winter because I was going to trade Hunter and if it had been for a horse that eats more than him she said she would have to charge me more because she already allotted enough for Him. Sooo glad I never traded.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 06:48 PM
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Ritzie-everything goes up. Even the cost of keeping the "amenities". Taxes, utilities, insurance-ALL go up.

Most places I have boarded at did not increase board for existing boarders. New folks pay the new rate. A couple have given minimum 30 days notice of increase.

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