Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
"DCA agrees to provide a clean facility and appropriate feed and water required to maintain the animal"
That's all that's in my board contract. I provide grass hay and feed Strategy GX in recommended amounts to keep the horse looking good and having a shiny coat. If that's 20 lbs of hay/day and 7 lbs of Strategy, that's what I provide. If it's 10 lbs hay and 3 lbs Strategy that's what I provide. I buy shavings in bulk and bed each horse down so they're comfortable and that's provided. Each stall has 3/4 inch mats under the shavings as well, provided by the facility.
I'm perfectly willing to feed anything else that the owner provides, but I buy my grass hay in bulk and Strategy by the pallet, so for one horse to get something different, I leave it to the owner to provide what they want.
Have you ever boarded a horse that makes your agreement to feed appropriately, cost prohibitive? I feed where I board and there's everything from an air fern pony who gains weight watching the rest eat to a TB (whose no longer with us) who was fed as much as 4 other horses combined and STILL tried to lose weight. It wasn't an issue when hay was plentiful but with a drought and hay prices quadrupling, I know the BO wasn't in the slightest bit sad when the owner moved to another state.
Around here the norm seems to be that the boarding facility states feed up to "XX flakes" or "XX pounds" of hay and if you have an extremely hard keeper you pay for what you need above those amounts. I question if that is a good way to do things though as I noticed at a boarding facility that fed "up to 6 flakes, 2x per day" that individual requested her allotted 12 flakes per day but would remove 4 of them after the barn hand had gone through tossing hay and haul them away (to sell? To feed another horse? I have no idea...).