05-08-2012, 12:26 AM
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FLORIDA.....I offer Full Board and Pasture Board, Full going up to $550 FROM $500 and pasture boarding is $200 to 250. Full board includes: O/A and T/A hay, fed 3x per day. Lunch hay is put in a small mesh net bag to control eating too quickly and lasts them longer through the day. Stall with shavings cleaned daily. Blankets on and off. Medications and supplements. I will apply fly spray daily but not needed much as I distribute fly predators every 3 weeks. Barn, paddocks and most pastures kept free of manure that we pick. Pasture board includes we feed the owners supplied feed.
All include the use of riding arena, round pen, tack room with A/C, grooming matted stalls, use of fridge and table/chairs in barn. At times I supply lunch on saturdays. No set hours at the barn.
Recently I am hearing complaints about the hay, accusations I feed coastal hay, what kind of grain is being fed to my horse (the one boarder where I supply the grain but she never asks me about it) One boarder has had multiple illnesses with her horse and is difficult to reach by phone. We have had to walk her horse in emergency situations. Also, I was told this horse only cribs if he doesn't have his collar on. He is quickly ruining our fence boards and posts as he constantly pulls on the boards. The collar is too loose to do any good and she chastised me for tightening it.
I have no choice but to make new rules and raise the board for these whiners! I even have one that has left the gate open several times to let out 3 or more horses!