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    12-19-2011, 06:39 PM
  #31
Showing
Hay at upwards of $12 a bale? That's unheard of around here! $3.50 can get you a good-sized 50lb bale of horse-quality hay. Round bales go for $20, and those suckers are heavy!

However, I can definitely see how an increase of that magnitute would justly drive up the price of board.
     
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    12-26-2011, 10:36 PM
  #32
Weanling
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Hay at upwards of $12 a bale? That's unheard of around here! $3.50 can get you a good-sized 50lb bale of horse-quality hay. Round bales go for $20, and those suckers are heavy!

However, I can definitely see how an increase of that magnitute would justly drive up the price of board.

100.00 more a month with hay the way it is seems reasonable. Don't know how much hay is fed out there, but if they are feeding 25 lbs a day and are getting 50 lb bales at 10.00 a bale.. that equates out to 150.00 a month assuming delivery is free... if its 20.00 a bale that goes up to 300 a month... so I don't know what the specific situation there is.. or how much hay is offered (free choice?... I've found a horse on free choice can eat up to 30-40 lbs a day)
     
    12-29-2011, 01:12 PM
  #33
Foal
Global economic crisis and Mother Nature are affecting everyone's wallet. Unfortunately Texas has been severely hit and supply has decreased thus so too will your wallet.
     
    12-30-2011, 02:01 AM
  #34
Weanling
To be fair, hay is like a horse farmer's gold. When the prices start to increase, and KEEP increasing, it makes sense to adjust the price once to accommodate for anticipated price increases. Plus, to be honest, all people who own a business are in it for a profit. On that note, even if she did adjust it to more than what she is paying for the added hay that means she is able to utilize that money elsewhere, whether personally, or for her equine business. She has a right to put a price on her work... just like you have a right to choose where you can or can't afford to board. Good luck!
     
    01-05-2012, 09:15 PM
  #35
Weanling
Agh. Reading all these posts makes me glad I live where I live. My full care board is $350, and that's the most expensive barn I've been at. I believe there's one that does $450 or $600...somewhere in there, but yeah. That's a considered a high end here.

And the $350 I pay includes of course feed/hay and stall, blanketing/flymasking, use of facilities which includes a large outdoor, a small covered and a 100' roundpen.
     
    01-10-2012, 04:27 PM
  #36
Green Broke
I live in a neighboring state and we've had to increase our board as well. The price of hay (and feed, and deisal for the tractor, and...) didn't just raise and stay there, it's been increasing for quite some time. And from the looks of it, will continue to keep increasing. I have a feeling that extra $100 is to make up for the past AND FUTURE increasing prices. That way she isn't just increasing $50 every year.

I would be upset about not being able to jump in the nice ring. That is something she has control over. Can you talk to her about that?
     
    01-10-2012, 05:25 PM
  #37
Green Broke
Times are tough here in Texas. My horse shares a 25 acre pasture with only four other horses, that's right - 5 acres a horse, they are fed twice a day and I pay a surcharge to have a round bale kept in the pasture.

Rightly so, the grass is devoid of nutrients, so we pay extra to truck hay in. Such is the plight of the horse owner.
     
    01-10-2012, 05:40 PM
  #38
Weanling
This thread is making me feel really greatful to be paying 225.00 a month....
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    01-10-2012, 11:51 PM
  #39
Foal
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Hay at upwards of $12 a bale? That's unheard of around here! $3.50 can get you a good-sized 50lb bale of horse-quality hay. Round bales go for $20, and those suckers are heavy!

However, I can definitely see how an increase of that magnitute would justly drive up the price of board.
That's crazy!! We haven't seen hay that low since I got my horse almost 10 years ago! We are in a shortage down here in Texas. I think it's around $8-$10 per bale and round bales are around $100!! Our guy brought us 20 bales the other weekend and said, "This is all I got left!" My horse is in a 5 acre pasture at home which is nothing but dirt since she has been on it for about 7 years :-/
     
    01-11-2012, 12:28 AM
  #40
Yearling
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Originally Posted by haleylvsshammy    
I'm jealous! Here in Arizona my BO is paying $17-$18 for a bale of Alfalfa in my area. I'm not sure what the price of bermuda is but it is ridiculous.

We are getting screwed because all of our hay is being sent to Texas.
I'm not sure what part of Arizona you're in, but I'm getting grass for $15.50. For some reason alfalfa is the same price. I'm not really sure what the difference between northern and southern AZ is. When I bought my first horse, 3 years ago, hay was $5 a bale.

As for boarding, there seem to be a lot of private home people just looking to fill stalls. Anywhere from $100 self care to $300 full care at an actual facility.
     

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