Horse hauling fee question?
I am just beginning the crazy life of a show mom. I have a 2 horse trailer that I can use (my cousin is letting us use it for 4-H for free---very generous!) and I will be hauling my daughter's lease horse to and from all 4-H activities. One of the girls in the club is leasing a horse from the same barn and has asked me to haul for her. The owner is particular about who hauls her horses, and I have been approved (we've become quite good friends). I need to decide on a fee. I need ideas as to what is reasonable. Here are some details:
I have a 99 3/4 ton Suburaban with a big block (read gas guzzler)
A tank of gas (if I fill it up) runs me about $130. I don't know how much I will be going through because I just got trailer brakes on it so I haven't towed with it yet.
I am towing a Logan 2 horse slant
I will have 2 horse in the trailer, plus their gear
I will haul both ways, for a total of about 20-25 miles.
I intend to ask this girl to be there (either ride with or follow) to help me load and unload. I don't think it's fair for me to be responsible for her lease horse. I am asking her mom to pay me a set amount for hauling. I need to figure out a fee by Friday since the first club ride is on Saturday.
What do you suggest is fair, for both parties? I don't want to screw her, but at the same time, I don't want to get screwed myself. In March I will likely be using a friend's 3 horse trailer and be hauling 3 horses. The fee will go up because the wear on my truck and the gas bill will go up with the extra weight.
When the horse owner has hauled for us, she charged $20/horse...it covered her time, insurance, gas, wear and tear on the vehicle, etc. Is that a reasonable fee? If I haul farther than 25 miles round trip, is it fair to up the price? There are a couple of shows that I'm interested in taking my daughter to that are farther away, and this girl would like to go too.