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post #1 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Contemplating charging Flat Board rate---

With the way feed/hay prices change WEEKLY, I am considering going to a flat boarding fee with my clients. Do any of you do this? Any suggestions on how to go about it? Thank you!
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 11:54 AM
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Hi and welcome to the forum. I don't know what you mean by a flat boarding fee. I pay a set amount every month, and that's how the barns in my area are run. Is that what you mean?
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 12:04 PM
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Every place that I have ever boarded with full care has charged a flat rate, I've never known anyone to do any different. While I was in CA we did have the rate go up one year during drought and it was hard to get hay, all the boarders were understanding. But I have always paid the same monthly price regardless of hay prices. I don't think it's a big deal, I think most stables do.
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 01:18 PM
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How are you charging now? I've never not been charged a flat rate unless I asked for something REALLY EXTRA, then I'd have to pay for it.

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post #5 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 04:22 PM
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I, too, am curious as to how your current boarding fees are set up......
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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my board is 425.00 includes up to 6 flakes of t/a hay a day, and Safe Choice feed (4 bags). Any extras are theirs.
I will bend over to accommodate to an extent, but a new boarder wants a LOT of extras. I did let her know any extras (including the 8 flakes of t/a and the 1 of Orchard she wants), is up to her to pay for. 425.00 in my area, is pretty low for a full board situation.
Flat board in Florida normally mean, X amount for the board alone. Stall cleaning, turning out, blanketing, feeding any haying I do... but owner pays for all feed and hay (plus whatever extras i.e. supplements).
I definitely am looking forward to ALL input. I do have a very good contract (lawyer friend), so that isn't a huge concern. Thanks everyone!
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post #7 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 10:53 PM
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Where I board, he feeds and provides hay, he feeds the horses as much as they eat to say at a healthy rate, we provide grain, he feeds based on what we want fed. They are also turned out in a pen 24/7. Any salt blocks are provided by us, I once mention the price because it is very cheap, but it's flat rate no matter.

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-02-2012, 11:27 PM
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We have 2 different prices for our stable. Self care is just for the stall and facilities, you buy the feed and bedding yourself, stack it and store it yourself, and clean and care for your horse yourself. Then we have full care which is a couple hundred higher and the BO supplies food, bedding and cleans and feeds for you and in some cases turns out (if they don't have a stall with their own run).
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-03-2012, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Great, thanks everyone!
So for a deal like the self care, just drop what i normally would charge a couple hundred?
The board did include their feed/hay, but right now the hay and feed prices change weekly, so i think this will work better
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-03-2012, 04:06 PM
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We charge 450.00 flat rate for boarding. includes 10 bales of a hay a month, safe choice and worming. anything extra is at there expense.

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