We have a "competitor" in town who has tacked together stalls with chainlink etc. who provides this:
175.00 a month...
No arena, roundpen outside only.. no washrack.
3 lbs of grain in the am, and hay in the am. According to owner 1 bale of hay covers 8 horses. I can fathom these bales don't weigh more than 50-60 lbs (i have seen them in person) and that is being generous.. meaning each horse if the bale was huge was getting about 7 lbs of hay a day. They clean stalls one time a week and let out horses one time a week. They offer pasture board for 145.00 a month where LOTS of horses are in a lot together..
I've had two horses move to me that were extremely thin (body condition score of 3-4) from this facility.
In this last week I had to ask one boarder to leave for issues she was causing in my barn (one bad apple spoils the bunch right?) and I had another who had been with us for over 2 years tell me the night before she was planning to move to other facility in town... some deal with a MIL causing trouble about us being so far away from her house.. who knows.)
So all of a sudden I'm down 5 horses between these two boarders. One I Did not ask to leave paid board as we require 30 days notice... and I just got a call from the competition that two of my OTHER boarders are inquiring about moving there also...
Im so frustrated because I just don't see how the bottom line can mean that much to these people that they would suffer their horses health for a cheaper rate. At 250 a month I am working for less than 4.00 per hour. Im just frustrated to the point of asking all my boarders to leave and going out and getting a real job so we arent dealing with people on the property and all the drama that boarders come with....
Im down to 8 boarded horses in my barn now with 5-6 open stalls.
Any other facilities deal with these situations? Or are your "competition" more on par with you?