Boarding Price Increase
I've been boarding my three horses at the same barn for about 3 years. This is the only barn within 45 minutes that's decent (the other barns in the area have poor food quality like moldy hay, unsafe fences, tiny stalls that aren't cleaned and terrible riding arenas) so I basically have no choice in boarding.
We've been reasonably happy at this place. Its not fabulous, the turnouts are small and just sand--no grass or shelter. But we live in Texas...its hard to get decent turnout. We've been paying $500 a month, per horse. That's really been stretching my budget but I'm trying to give the best for my horses...now our BO has increased it $100 to $600 a month per horse. No multiple horse discount or anything. She said it was due to the rising price of hay (which I know is getting bad) but I find it hard to believe that its an extra $100 worth.
I think this miffs me the most because she recently banned jumping in the nice arena, moved all the jumps into the arena with horribly thick footing and its kind of small. The other arenas have uneven footing, which I normally would tolerate--nothings perfect, but now for all this extra money? She's also spreading manure all over the grass (including grass arenas) I assume its to help it grown, but the flies are crazy. The jumps are also all broken and in disrepair. The BO is a dressage rider and is normally wonderful. She lets us do our own thing, doesn't get in our business and the horses are well cared for but since we've moved there the price has increased at least once a year for different reasons. Once was so she could improve the jumps...she painted some but they're all cruddy again. So where was our money going?
I'm trying to be reasonable about this, I know she's not scamming us. But it would be nice if jumpers got some of the niceties (I'm an eventer, so I do both jumping and dressage) the turnouts don't have any grass and are solid sand and NO shelter. No trails either.
I guess I'm asking if its unreasonable to be angry about this? My gelding and I were planning on some serious showing as we moved up to Training, but with an extra 300 dollars a month that's gone.
Neighs from Jayke and Buby!