Originally Posted by cath80
I think I am just having a hard time with it being 'free' to her to use the facility in excess even when I am being paid board. In a sense it feels like I am providing a beautiful facility for her to use for her own purposes without any kickback (other than board) to me? Meaning, she has no actual 'cost of doing business' Does that make sense?
Is she getting a discount on her board or is she paying the same as all the other boarders? If she's paying the same as all the others and everyone is allowed to use the facilities with no restrictions, then she's most certainly not using them for 'free', it's included in the board. If she's the only one using them, then a higher fee would be in order.
Another thing to consider is impact on your other boarders. If she starts impacting them to the point where they can't use the facilities freely then you'd have to address that.
In a case like this, I'd be exploring the option of leasing her X number of stalls for $XXX and leasing her exclusive use of the facilities on X days/at X time and then lease her the lesson horses for X number of lessons per month for $XX and anything in excess goes to $10/use. That way, you'd get your board, she'd use the facilities but couldn't impact the other boarders and everyone hopefully would stay happy.