That is correct KT. They upped their board, and I guess instead of upping their board again, they decided to add a surcharge.
Ok, I brought the letter so i'm going to write exactly what's in it.
As we are all aware of, fuel prices have skyrocketed. Fuel seems to dictate prices on everything involved with running a farm. We have tried to hold our rates, but with the significant price increases in the feed, shavings, and utilites over the past few months, we are forced to add a surcharge to offset these costs.
You will see this surcharge on your June board bill.
We appreciate your business and your understandings"
I do understand how everything with owning/running a horse facility can get pricey, but to go up in board TWICE in ONE YEAR seems a bit extreme to me. And according to the news, gas prices are going to continue to increase, so does that mean the board will go over $500/month? Probably. Is the place worth $500 a month? Not in my eyes
This is the price agreement in our board, about changing prices.
"This Stable's fee schedule may change at any time. Should such a change be required, This Stable shall give Owner no less than 30 days written notice"
That does mean that if they knew they were going to increase the board, they'd have to give us at least a month's notice of it, and not the day you get the bill, correct?
About the new place, they only have 10 horses boarding at a single time, no more than that. It's very low key. Horses are seperated according to pecking order. They are there all the time (live on premises) and will take care of the horse how you want (mostly for turnout but as well as feedings and such). The owner wrote me a really detailed e-mail about the place and i'm really looking forward to going there.
She did say she does not have any run in shelters, but there are trees in the paddocks to give adequate shade. But she is in the market for getting some. Hopefully Tom will agree to check the place out (men can be so stubborn) and that he'll like it and all