Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NW Washington State
I have never paid board for "full care", so my thoughts may or may not be helpful. The barn I frequent (I still haul in & on occasion rent a stall for a month) is self care. If you cannot supply the time, work it out with another boarder. However, when I took my first horse there, they used to supply bedding. That horse passed & a year or so later I got the mare I have now. Bedding was no longer supplied. She didn't want to deal with raising rates, factoring it in/etc, so they cut out bedding.
At that barn, each horse had a stall & a turn out paddock. If you want the horse in, supply the bedding. Personally I liked it. (I really dislike shavings in the horse stall). It saved the BO a lot of money on shavings, and since most of the barn switched to pellets, the manure pile was stunted in growth. So it saved them time & money in managing Mt Poopy.
Just a thought. If you are super worried about charging more, maybe look into seeing how much it would save you if people supplied their own. Of course, if you include stall cleaning in your fee, I suppose that wouldn't make sense.
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