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        08-25-2013, 09:35 AM
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    Weanling
    boarding services/prices

    I have ran boarding facilities before for different places so I know my action plan to provide boarding.
    My main question is can I make a different price for someone else? Or is that just asking for trouble?

    We will be taking on a large property and moving in October. The area we live in now board is super cheap. However an hour down the road is the edge of "horse country" for our state. Boarding starts at 300 and goes all the way to 500 per month. One barn even charges 15 extra for blanketing your horse and if he needs supplements or any extra care its 10 extra added. I would rather provide a flat rate and not charge all those extras if I can help it.
    Also, this new place we will be at is not far from my alma mater so I was thinking that maybe I could advertise a cheaper rate for students. Most boarding is totally too expensive for students to bring their horses to the college town. We would only be 30 mins away and its just a way I could help them out and provide something I couldn't find when I went to college there. Not sure that's a good idea if its going to run off other boarders though.
    Please advise.
         
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        08-25-2013, 09:57 AM
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    Trained
    Having more than one price for the same services is just asking for boarder trouble, Imho. It is a very noble idea, though.
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        08-25-2013, 11:17 AM
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    Weanling
    I don't know, I think a student rate is a nice idea, just be sure to outline what "proof" is required to receive the student discount. (Student ID, current signed degree plan on file, etc). Set some guidelines for how often proof is required (semester, year, etc) and make it clear on your pricing sheet.
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        08-25-2013, 11:23 AM
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    Green Broke
    I think it's an interesting idea, but not something I've ever heard of... I'd definitely require some sort of proof.

    So long as it's not kept a secret (and you said you'd be advertising it, so that's obviously not the case) I don't see anything wrong with it.

    ...Then again, it may drive away other clientele that aren't students.
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        08-25-2013, 11:25 AM
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    Weanling
    Perhaps instead of student pricing you have a student "package". Maybe it is less expensive but offers fewer services? That might be more palatable to other boarders looking at your facility...
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        08-25-2013, 12:37 PM
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    roo
    Foal
    The student package would be a good idea.Im not sure if it would drive away potential clientelle or not. If you were to do it I wouldnt make it drastic. Maybe a little bit off board. Or maybe for students have a lesson package if the buy a certain amount of lessons they get one free
         
        08-25-2013, 12:45 PM
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    roo
    Foal
    Just an after thought what about working student?i used to do that.they come in twice a week and do barn chores to reduce boarding costs.thete wouldnt be as much of an issue because their working it off.
         
        08-25-2013, 01:55 PM
      #8
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by huntergrl    
    I have ran boarding facilities before for different places so I know my action plan to provide boarding.
    My main question is can I make a different price for someone else?
    What the boarding contract is between you and that person is confidential. Unless someone choose to divulge this information, there is no reason why it would be a problem-and if they do assuming you are the one in charge of the property, its really something that only concerns you and the boarder(s)in question.

    I am fortunate enough where one of my best friends who owns/leases the property I currently board at, gives me a significant deal on the 2 horses we keep there, which is why I can keep our horses together there. I can't disclose any information because there are quite a few people here on the forum that also board at the same location, and its confidential info
         
        08-25-2013, 03:00 PM
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    Yearling
    You could offer student and alumni rates. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about whether it upsets other boarders. And I wouldn't offer less services for the students.

    Many career professions have non-profit and in some cases, for profit, professional organizations for networking, skill building, and to stay abreast of the changes to the profession. Almost all offer a student rate and there are no decrease to the services.

    Hang a university flag at your drive and show your school pride. My bet is any potential boarder who has sour grapes over a student discount would probably have sour grapes over many things.

    As to how to verify; use the student ID. It probably is good for a year. As you get to know your boarders I am sure you will recognize the student who is no longer in student.
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        08-25-2013, 07:19 PM
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    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by My2Geldings    
    I am fortunate enough where one of my best friends who owns/leases the property I currently board at, gives me a significant deal on the 2 horses we keep there, which is why I can keep our horses together there. I can't disclose any information because there are quite a few people here on the forum that also board at the same location, and its confidential info
    Except you just posted that you're getting a deal. Even though the other boarders may not know the amount, now they can determine that you're getting a special price and that's enough to stir the lot for some.
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