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        12-18-2012, 02:49 PM
      #21
    Trained
    Wormer and farrier are NOT usually included. THey are additional fees.
         
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        12-18-2012, 03:01 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Ok, thanks
         
        12-18-2012, 09:53 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    In my area its 500-1200 monthly.

    At my barn full care is 600. This includes:
    -turn in/out(boarders preferance) in the AM and/or PM
    -use of indoor, outdoor and trails
    -hot/cold wash stall
    -tack locker
    -bathroom
    -free choice hay in stall year round
    -free choice hay in winter
    -blanketing
    -stalls mucked 2X a day
    -automatic waterers cleaned 1X each day
    -AM and PM sweet feed(handfull-3lbs)
    -space to tack/untack

    I however field board my horse which is 300 a month for:
    -full turn out
    -free choice hay in winter
    -run in shed
    -1 scoop sweet feed AM(and Pm Dec.-Feb)
    -indoor/outdoor/trails
    -space in the tack shed
    -use of crossties in barn(but stall boarders get priority) and if full, use of tie post
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        12-19-2012, 10:47 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    In my area, I live in Wisconsin it can range from about $100 to well over $1000 within about 20 miles.

    My barn is $185 per month full care, $150 for me because I work board off, clean stalls and feed every night. I do offer extra money here and there when she comes up with a project, like matting the stalls or the wash rack. She usually won't accept it, but I figure it's worth a try.

    This includes, a nice indoor arena - somewhat insulated. A little over 20 acres for my horse to graze with the herd. An outdoor we use as a paddock sometimes, a round pen outside, trails on the property. Plus the BO, she's amazing. She treats all the horses like her own and tries to give them their individual attention. There are nine horses now, she boards four including mine. So she's not making much at all after you figure farm costs, gas, extra things she's always putting into the barn. She does it for us and the horses, I couldn't ask anything more. I work my tail off to show my appreciation and couldn't be any happier!
         
        12-20-2012, 05:37 AM
      #25
    Trained
    $185 with an indoor? Wow! I would SO love that! But, then I might need a couple more horses.......which would lead to me being single.
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        12-20-2012, 07:41 AM
      #26
    Foal
    I spend about 450 per month for one horse, I own 4.

    They are in a large roomy stall, bedded deeply with shavings.
    Cleaned twice a day 7 days a week.
    Put on an automatic hot walker for an hour everyday(usually in the morning)
    Turned out 6-8 hours a day depending on the weather and they put on turnout boots as well if specified.
    Blanketing is included.
    Hay is included but grain and supplements are not.
    The facilities itself are really nice, heated tack room, indoor lighted arena with four other outdoor rings, full set of jumps, hot and cold wash rack, nice situated bathroom(s), and the facilities itself are well landscaped.
         
        03-08-2013, 10:39 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    I know I'm reviving a dead thread here, but I have a couple more questions for you guys.
    Updates: I am now boarding my horse at this facility, teaching lessons, training horses, and I have an office!
    I'm getting ready to post a flyer for 'new services offered'. Services will include
    Feeding- am only (BO and I agree it's best if horse owners see their horses at least once a day) - as for pricing for people with more than one horse, should I charge a fee for the first horse and a discounted fee for subsequent horses fed from the same feed? I originally was thinking $30 a month, and the BO suggested I bump it to $35, he is feeding horses for one person right now even though he doesn't want to, she has 3 horses and he feeds in the am only for $45. So, maybe I should do $35 for the first horse, $5 for each addtl. Horse? Is that too cheap?
    For exercising, I'm charging $20 per hour, and I want to keep it simple- I pull the horse, pick their feet, and exercise them in the round pen, half hour minimum. No messing with other people's tack, grooming tools, different training methods, behavior issues with horses, just exercise.
    Turn out- not sure how to charge for this, or time, should I just say I will turn them out and let them run and buck and kick until they stop and then bring them back in, or should it be a set amount of time?
    Blanketing- again, not sure how to charge for this
    Holding for vet or farrier - $10 per?
    And vacation care - should I charge for that on a per-day basis?
    Again, the situation, I don't own this place, I do board there now, it's currently a totally self-care facility and I'm trying to offer services to the boarders.
    Thanks everyone!
         
        03-10-2013, 12:07 AM
      #28
    Foal
    It sounds like a really good idea for the boarders, but it seems to me that keeping track of all these things would be a huge headache for YOU. Have you considered making different packages? Example:

    Full care - feeding, turnout, blankets/boots, holding for vet & farrier
    Partial care - feeding, turnout, extra charge for holding ($10 per time) & blanket/boots
    Vacation - full care but at a per day rate - maybe figure out what full care costs per day and then raise it 20-50%?

    That way you won't have to track 6 feedings, 30 exercises, 4 holds, 16 turnouts, etc. etc. and most people will pay a flat fee rather than add things on regularly. The only thing that is good to keep separate in a non-training board situation is the exercise because I think most people will not want or need it or may only need it for special circumstances. Maybe I am wrong. I would also not round pen a horse for more than 20-30 minutes. An hour seems extraordinarily long and hard both physically and mentally. If I were a boarder I would really prefer someone I trusted to ride my horse vs lunging or round penning but I'm sure others feel differently.

    Turnout is either half day (usually 4-6 hours) or full day (8 or more hours). You don't have to observe and the horse doesn't have to do anything in particular, the point is just to be outside. If the weather is bad and they cannot be outdoors, arena turnout is usually more about a horse rolling, running, bucking, and then back in after about 30 minutes or so, more if they have a friend to play with.

    I am guessing that boarding costs where I live are very different than where you are and I have always had my horse in training board so I cannot be helpful in terms of cost. Your suggestions seem very low to me and I worry you are shortchanging yourself.

    Have you thought about making a survey for the boarders to see what they are interested in? I could be all wrong about this and they might completely reject packages and only want a la carte. You could ask what they would be willing to pay as well and take that into account when setting prices. Make sure you have very good records if a la carte ends up being what you do.

    Also, do you know how to body clip? That can be a great way to earn some money. Every November and February I regret never learning how to clip as I hand over $140 to the groom.
         
        03-10-2013, 12:18 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Solon    
    I pay 320.00 for full board. That includes:

    Stall cleaning six days a week - boarders clean on sundays
    All hay
    All grain
    Boarders pay their own supplements
    Tack box
    Trailer storage
    Turn out in the summer in outside pasture - arena turn out in the winter (due to excessive rain in this area)
    Hot/cold wash rack

    Additional 10.00 fees are for blanketing each night in the winter and holding the horse for farrier/vet etc.

    We just recently had self care/partial care added which has been a complete nightmare.
    This is mine. Exactly, actually.
         
        03-10-2013, 12:21 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    Wow! Sorry, I didn't even notice that the thread was dead.

    I do want to say though, that I agree with Plomme.

    Maybe, you would just offer more flat rate options? You just wouldn't want it to get too complicated.
         

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