Need help framing questions to ask BO
This has been asked discussed before, but I need some help from some people who aren't personally involved. I'm trying to figure out what to ask the BO's so that I can determine what I want to do about it.
On Wednesday (1/2/2013) the other boarders and I received word that board would increase by $50/month, starting the day before. Most of us are pretty upset with the lack of any notice.
I've researched other barns in my area (50 mile radius) and average cost for similar facility w/similar services is $350. The ones with top facilities and more care are $500-$600 but were talking entire heated barns, misting aroma therapy in the ceilings, all kinds of extra services for people who don't want to ever get dirty.
Where I'm at now, we were paying $400 and it will now be $450/month. We get turn in and out in the winter, fed, use of an indoor and outdoor arena. The only reason we don't have to schedule our own vet/farrier is because my trainer decided to do it to help boarders split barn call fee's. The trainer fetches & holds if boarder can't get out but doesn't get a dime for it.
So, I asked the BO's if we could have a boarder/owner meeting to discuss this, and BO agreed.
I'm conflicted by the increase... If they need the extra money, then they need it. But the other half of me is screaming in outrage . The BO said that they take the cost of all 17 horses and get an average per horse. 6 are full time pasture board, 11 are stall board. Of all the horses, only 8 are boarders (all have stall board). 8 out of 17 horse bring in money for the BO's. Bo is saying this is fair since pasture care horses lower the average cost for all horses.
I know I want to ask if this is temporary. And if so, when it will decrease again. But what else should I be asking? What are some good things to find out that will help boarders feel less resentful about this? Or to understand the situation better?
The other issue is that out if 8 horses being boarded, 3 are only there for training. Horse owners are out of state. Out of the 8 horses boarded, 2 may leave (includes me), and one ends training in February anyway (was going to leave anyway). That'll leave them with 5 paying horses, and 14 total horses.
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