Originally Posted by Spotted
Speed Racer, I don't know where she is from. Normaly we only get 2 cuts off the field. And yes cubes went up $10 a tote. There are other ways to get horses thier nutrition than paying $10 a bale. You would go broke. No wonder people have all these starving horses. Because people don't do the research.
Im not saying don't raise the prices, if people with pay it then that's great. But you can save costs if you want to, to help yourself out.
And you honestly think that she hasn't tried these other routes?? I'll tell you a secret - cubes are made from hay too, so when there's a hay shortage, guess what else there's less of?
I don't know if you were around to remember the drought over 10 years ago but I was in Provost at the time for work (gahhh what a h-hole) and hay was so **** scarce places were feeding their horses crested wheat (at like $12 a bale too). My horses thought it was bedding the stuff was so awful. Alberta's been in a bad drought too so lets not get all high and mighty about who should be doing what to reduce costs. At least she hasn't opened her gates up to let the horses find grass elsewhere. $25-50 per month is relatively little per person, IMO.
I would have no qualms with a board increase, and in fact was expecting one this year, but then the weather fairy ended up being way kinder to us then she had been earlier in the year. So we do have hay, just way stemmier than I like it, and our second cut is basically straight alfalfa (but I think the BOs are trying to pawn that stuff off onto someone else haha).
I pay $350/mo for outdoor board and I think we ended up at $6/bale this year - horses get 4 feedings per day. $400/mo covers once a day supplements too. I know places on pasture board for $450/mo so I'm not complaining about board prices at my barn!!!