Originally Posted by JenniMay
...about how your barn will feed your horse?
Is it customary to state exactly how much hay (i.e. # of pounds) will be fed in the summer vs. the winter? Or maybe even state the minimum amount...???
Or is it common to have a statement in the boarding contract that says something to the effect of "...to feed the horse daily; depending on <barn's> opinion of your horse's condition."
Would love to hear from you guys. Thanks for your input...
Yes. The reason being is that feed is very expensive.. Increased work on a horse would require the horse to need more calories... Boarding barns (the cheaper ones at least) have to budget everything. This probably isn't an issue in 600+ a month barns but for us .. we are 300 a month so there is VERY little profit in that. We specify that we will feed UP TO 6 lbs sweet a day and 15 lbs of hay a day (2 flakes am and Pm) for most horses this is more than adequate calories/intake. However we will gladly feed more than this we just charge per lb on the hay and grain (exactly what we pay)
We also outline how much bedding we provide. I've had horses for enough time that we know how much bedding a horse needs on average. If you have an overly wet horse you buy the extra bedding it provides.
This may seem silly to some but we have such a low profit margin we HAVE to budget things like this otherwise I end up paying to care for others horses or working for free.