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Acco 09-13-2013 03:53 PM

How often does your board increase?
Curious, for those of you who have boarded at the same place for a long time, how often does your BO raise their rates? (board, lessons, etc)

I've boarded off and on at the same place for about 10 years, and prices have gone up quite a bit in that time (but I think they have everywhere else, too). Mine seems to raise the rates every 2 or 3 years. I try to keep tabs on other local barns to see how the price of mine compares. It just sucks how expensive this hobby is! :)

I haven't stayed long enough with other barns to know what they do, so looking to compare with all of you!

SEAmom 09-13-2013 04:01 PM

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Mine averaged an increase every 8-10 months. I think it's excessive, though.
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HorseMom1025 09-13-2013 04:53 PM

In the 3 years I've been at our barn, my rates went up once(last year), to cover an increase in the cost of hay. (Texas has been in drought conditions, so hay has gotten pretty expensive!)
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Incitatus32 09-13-2013 05:05 PM

Mine only increased this past year because of increased prices of feed/hay. It's been a steady price since we've boarded with them years ago.

Saddlebag 09-13-2013 07:27 PM

I don't board but have bo't hay from the same fellow for about 10 years. Last year because of a substantial jump in the cost of gas he finally raised the cost of a round by $5. He had absorbed small increases. This year it will remain at last year's prices. Boarding barns face increases right across the board and have no choice but to pass it on.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 09-13-2013 07:29 PM

I hadn't raised my rates in over 5 yrs when the drought hit and my round bales went from $35 each to $200 each.....I had 3 rate raises that year and sent everyone home the next year. It just wasn't worth it to try to keep up with the hay prices. I now have 1 boarder and I'm actually back at my pre-drought prices with her.

My2Geldings 09-14-2013 01:52 PM

The only facility I've ever been at that raised board, was one I boarded at for about 7 years. The board went up when the owners sold the place and someone else took over, and board literally doubled.

verona1016 09-16-2013 07:56 PM

I've been at my current barn, as a leaser and now as an owner, for nearly 6 years and last summer was the first time they raised the board in that time. We haven't had a drought in Oregon, but gas has gone up quite a bit and the prices of other things go up over time as well. Generally I wouldn't expect a barn to raise their prices more than once a year, probably around the time that they stock up on hay since that's one of the biggest expenses that can potentially change dramatically from year to year.

Saddlebag 09-17-2013 12:37 PM

In one area of Ohio, hay is $4.75 bale for first cut and $5.75 for second cut. In my area it's $3.50 bale. Few get a second cut.

Fowl Play 09-18-2013 09:51 AM

Board at my barn finally went up after 5 years, but lessons go up every couple of years. She raised board $25/month last spring. This year though, instead of raising board, she asked boarders to pay an upgrade fee, which helped cover new footing, improvements in our grain and tack room, and parking lot improvements. She decided to do that once every year or so instead of increasing board regularly. People were very happy to help offset the costs of these improvements because they were beyond what our board covered, and we all benefited from the improvements. A couple people couldn't pay the fee but both of them offered to do some physical labor to help out.

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