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Boarding Price Increase
I've been boarding my three horses at the same barn for about 3 years. This is the only barn within 45 minutes thats decent (the other barns in the area have poor food quality like moldy hay, unsafe fences, tiny stalls that aren't cleaned and terrible riding arenas) so I basically have no choice in boarding.
We've been reasonably happy at this place. Its not fabulous, the turnouts are small and just sand--no grass or shelter. But we live in Texas...its hard to get decent turnout. We've been paying $500 a month, per horse. Thats really been stretching my budget but I'm trying to give the best for my horses...now our BO has increased it $100 to $600 a month per horse. No multiple horse discount or anything. She said it was due to the rising price of hay (which I know is getting bad) but I find it hard to believe that its an extra $100 worth.
I think this miffs me the most because she recently banned jumping in the nice arena, moved all the jumps into the arena with horribly thick footing and its kind of small. The other arenas have uneven footing, which I normally would tolerate--nothings perfect, but now for all this extra money? She's also spreading manure all over the grass (including grass arenas) I assume its to help it grown, but the flies are crazy. The jumps are also all broken and in disrepair. The BO is a dressage rider and is normally wonderful. She lets us do our own thing, doesn't get in our business and the horses are well cared for but since we've moved there the price has increased at least once a year for different reasons. Once was so she could improve the jumps...she painted some but they're all cruddy again. So where was our money going?
I'm trying to be reasonable about this, I know she's not scamming us. But it would be nice if jumpers got some of the niceties (I'm an eventer, so I do both jumping and dressage) the turnouts dont have any grass and are solid sand and NO shelter. No trails either.
I guess I'm asking if its unreasonable to be angry about this? My gelding and I were planning on some serious showing as we moved up to Training, but with an extra 300 dollars a month thats gone.
You can be mad all you like, but where else are you going to board your horses? That is some major coin you're shelling out, just you & 3 horses? I wouldn't be complaining unless you got somewhere to move those horses, as the owner can always ask you to leave if she's easily offended. However, if you do by chance find some place else, by all means, tell her you want a discount & expect some conditions to change or you will be moving your horses. Until then, I would play it safe.
Where we are, the prices keep going up and no visible improvements that really matter. Hay is understandable, though. I think it's gone up something like 30% in that last year. That's pretty hefty. Almost all the hay that is grown in Washington state is sent to Japan! At least the stuff from Ellensburg, where they grow a very pretty blue/green timothy that is covetted in Japan. I am glad the farmer can make a good living, but what about us?
supply and demand. She is free to charge what the market will bare. You said yourself the other places are bad. Personally there is no way I would pay that. You can buy your own piece of land build your own barn and arena for less than 600 a month.
That's what I was thinking Joe, that's $1800 per month, a decent morgage payment that would see a income return. I would be trimming it down to one horse, I couldn't afford those prices & have a disposable income to boot.
With that amount of horses, she's forking out a hefty sum to keep them fed, I can certainly understand an increase.
My first truck load of hay this year was around $2000. My 2nd was $4000 and my third is $6000, praying I don't need a 4th. My round bales have gone from $25/bale to $125/bale and Strategy isn't going down either. My water bills have tripled since the drought and and I've had to give the barn help raises. I have been charging $600/month for the show barn all year and have just sent out notices that I'm raising my prices in January.
I am making improvements but I don't even have an arena......so that's what your $600 gets you here in OK.
WOW....that is some increase. :shock:
Here, full care board is about $375 on the lower end to $450 on the higher end
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