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post #11 of 15 Old 01-03-2012, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by marygoroundsporthorses View Post
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
You can't just drop your charge by a couple hundred. You need to figure out how much boarding a horse for a month costs you.

Consumable items (buckets wear out after X amount of time, same with feed pans and so forth)
Facility wear and tear
Facility itself (land and buildings aren't free....)
and whatever else you spend $$$ on

Then you can figure out how much you need to charge to cover all the costs associated with keeping a single horse, then add on however much profit you want to make per horse and that is what you need to charge.

I pay a flat rate for my board. It includes a stall, all day turnout, blanketing, fly masks, stall cleaning, shavings for the stall, use of the facilities, needed amenities such as electricity to run my fan, heated water buckets and so on and 2x daily feeding of the hay my BO has and soaked beet pulp. Anything else I need/want, I pay for.

I provide alfalfa and timothy hay for my horse in addition to his grain, supplements and salt/mineral blocks. I pay the same amount as if he was eating her hay since she gives him her hay whenever "extra" hay (when he's stuck inside or it's extra-cold or whatever) is handed out and it also covers the "inconvenience" of her having to provide me with storage space for his hay and doling it out to him.

I wanted specific things in his turnout/stall (extra mats, specific feeders and so on) so I bought and installed them (after okaying it), I also like his turnout dragged more than her normal schedule so I do it myself along with dragging the arena if I'd like it done on a specific day (I like a freshly dragged arena for my lessons).
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post #12 of 15 Old 01-04-2012, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by marygoroundsporthorses View Post
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!
I have never heard of any barns here doing it the way you do it. They have a monthly fee that stays the same year round. There have been some raises in board here and there for various reasons, but our contract just shows the flat monthly rate.

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post #13 of 15 Old 01-05-2012, 10:42 AM
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I think your boarders might be a little upset about going to self-care. Many if not all of them may be unable to go out twice a day and feed their own horses, and even if they are they may be unwilling - there is a reason they are paying you for Full Care - they cannot or do not want to it themselves!

It's going to drive your boarders away in my opinion. I board full care and if my barn owner came up out of the blue and says "Hey! We're going to self care!", I would leave. I would gladly care for my mare if I could, but with my job I can't be there to feed her and clean up after her twice a day.

Another thing to think about is not everyone will care for their horses as you do...there might be some boarders whose care is "lacking" and you have to consider what you do in those situations.

If you're having a problem covering your costs, sit down and figure out how much each horse costs you. Then how much it costs to run your facility over a month - water, electricity, ect. That's your base. Then you might want to add on a little for "maintenance" - like when a horse breaks a fence or something breaks. Take the grand total and divide it by the number of horses that board at your barn (obviously not including any of your own), and you have your number. If you use your barn for your income or part of it, also figure into the number what sort of profit you'd like to make. And you have your number. Your "maintenance" number should also cover a spike in feed/hay prices.

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I agree with the poster that says you'll probably lose your boarders. If I was paying $425 full care and got 30 day notice that the barn was going to self care for $200 and I had to feed 2X day and muck out myself, I'd be leaving PDQ, because if I wanted self care, I'd already be doing it. That's probably going to be an unwelcome shock to most of your clientelle.

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post #15 of 15 Old 01-05-2012, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by marygoroundsporthorses View Post
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
you would lose me as a boarder if you just switched to self care as I am unable to get out to my horse twice a day.

If you want to offer that as a separate option though, that's fine.
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