Trying to decide - stall or no stall?
Hoping some others will throw in opinions.
My current boarding facility is building a new barn with stalls. I'm trying to decide if I want one or not. Here's my options:
1. Stay with full care field board. No stall to use unless I rent it out per day $14/day. BO will feed my grain 2x/day, blanket/unblanket, flymask on/off. I'm currently paying $275/mo +$35/mo trailer parking, so $310 total.
2. Self care with a stall. I'd have a stall to use whenever I wanted. BO would provide hay/water. I'd provide my own bedding and be responsible for cleaning the stall. I'd have to feed myself and change blankets myself. This would be $370/mo with trailer parking.
1. The grain is not a big deal. He only gets a teeny bit of ration balancer pellets and is probably a bit overweight as is. I just liked that someone was looking at him twice a day, but she's proven to be not terribly observant and flat out missed a few injuries (minor things, but it does make me question if she would notice if something else were wrong).
2. The blanket changing would be a pain. I'm there once a day most days, but I don't know if I could afford the increase in gas cost to get there twice a day. During this time of year when the weather fluctutuates I'd have to carefully consider the blanketing, clipping is probably totally out for now, and I'd have to probably make sure that I get to the barn on that day I currently don't go. This would resolve itself when the weather is steadily cold and he would stay in his blanket all the time anyway, at which point I could reconsider clipping.
Full care with a stall isn't really an option. Her price would increase to the point that it's not worth being there anymore, since I could just spend another $50 on top of her fee and move to a place with better riding amenities. Full care with stall and trailer would cost me $470 a month, which I COULD afford, but I don't feel that I would be getting my money's worth due to the riding amenities available.
Is it worth an extra $60/month to have the option of a stall but lose the blanket changing and grain feeding services?
Edited to add: The only times I would use the stall is when I'm there (there's no grooming stalls and it's kind of a pain to have to haul out all my stuff from the tackroom because the only place to tie is a post out of direct sight.) and in the event of a big snowfall. He has only ever needed to be stalled for an injury once, and it was an abscess, and I stalled him because his then herd were jerks and were actively trying to beat on him.
* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
Last edited by DancingArabian; 10-21-2012 at 12:41 PM.