What is included in your indoor board?
I'm curious what services are included in other people's indoor board. I currently pay $500 for indoor in Alberta Canada. My horse is turned out and brought in daily, fed 2x a day (I supply all feed besides hay), we get access to an indoor arena as well as an outdoor (which don't get much attention as far as harrowing etc goes). I feel like that is pretty scimpy for the amount of money I pay.
It varies from barn to barn and what the BO feels of their establishment.
The place I bought my horse was was a small lesson facility. $525 for board. 12x12 stalls, half day turnout, grain and hay 2x per day. Decent sized outdoor arena, cramped indoor arena. Couldn't share the arenas when a lesson was going on and the BO loved sticking in her opinions - she was a Google horse expert.
The place I worked at had board from $500 field to $700 stall. All day turnout unless you requested otherwise. Good indoor, good outdoor, small amount of trails. Grain 2x per day. Terrible hay, decent to poor pasture. Roundpen.
The place Im at now is $200 field board. Two outdoor arenas, miles of trails, cross country course being built, roundpen coming soon, no indoor. Fantastic pasture, great hay. Have to supply my own grain but she will feed it twice per day.
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240 own stall out allday in feild small riding arena small outdoor arena
exellent atmosphere grain tack room
i supply feed they supply hay and all that i dont even have to clean out a stall if i didnt want to but i do
What about things like blanketing/un-blanketing? In the winter I feel like the horse shouldnt have to wear his heavy blanket in his stall as he would be too hot inside and it would render it kinda useless when he goes back out. Do most BOs include this in the board or is this usually an extra cost?
Check out other facilities in your area to find out what the average board is and what services are included in the board. Prices do vary depending your location. Here in central Ontario, indoor board with access to an indoor arena generally starts around $600/month and can go up to over $1000 depending on the quality of the facility and the services provided. The basic board usually includes all feed (grain 2x; hay up to 4x per day), daily turn out, and mucking. Additional fees may be charged for blanketing, holding for farrier or vet, medical care, individual turn out or extra feed.
Thanks AnneGage for the reply, I have looked at other places and some include it (for the same price I pay) or others where the overall price is lower charge for it. Any advice on how to ask for this service? The BO doesn't seem too keen on doing extra work; the bare minimum is completed around the facility overall.
If you want to talk with the BO about providing extra services, it's best to ask her ahead of time for a time to talk. That way, you can have her full attention without other distractions. Calmly explain the type of additional service you are hoping to get and acknowledge that you realize this will take extra time and energy on her part. Let her know you are willing to pay an additional fee for the service and even what other places charge for the same service. Assure her you are happy with the care your horse receives and you appreciate the work she does. If you aren't happy with the care your horse is receiving, then it's time to be moving your horse anyway.
I hope these suggestions are helpful.
For 250 a month:
My horse gets daily stall time; usually around eight hours a day. All the shavings I want! :D The BO puts her up in the morning and feeds her. I supply her feed, because she has a super complicated diet. It takes about 10 minutes to make it up, so I'm thankful the BO would even do that for me! If it wasn't for my horse's special needs, grain would be included in board. I usually feed in the afternoon myself, but the BO will do it if I ask. Twice daily feedings aren't standard at this barn. All the coastal hay she could eat is supplied in the winter. If I want hay during the summer of alfalfa, I supply.
I turn my horse out myself and clean her stall in the afternoons usually. If I'm out of town, the BO will do it, but I have to call and ask.
Pastures are nice. Around 20 acres.
We have a paddock I can ride in, but there are horses living in it, so I have to pen them up to ride. We have a round pen that is sometimes used as a paddock as well. There is a jump field, but the grass isn't usually cut. Still usuable though.
There are two wash racks; one indoor and one outdoor. Both are heated and very nice!
There is no blanketing/unblanketing service, which is a PAIN. Georgia weather is super bipolar.
There is about eight miles of trail without crossing any roads.
AnneGage: This was my first time boarding so i honestly didnt know what to ask or even what I wanted or needed; which is turning out to be a pain. Your advice is quite sound; I'm gonna try and find a quiet time to talk to her and hopefully get all the details sorted out. Its tough though as (I know people are gonna be shocked but...) the facility doesnt have a boarding contract so there isn't anything outlining what she actually is responsible for. I've asked about a boarding contract loads and they always say its in the works.
Brighteyes: your place sounds lovely :)
Ocean. Do you mind me asking where you board? It sounds exactly like the place i just left...
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