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post #31 of 45 Old 10-06-2017, 12:02 PM
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I am lucky to be able to keep mine at home now. But I have boarded at a few nice places in the area. This is "North Central Pennsylvania"

By far my favorite place to board costs $250 per month (current price). Each horse has their own run-in shed with tack room, heated auto-waterer, 1/3 acre sacrifice and 1 acre grass when it is green and growing; horses are separated by hot-high tensile. Includes hay, grain (Triple Crown), blanketing, holding for vet/farrier, bedding, shed clean-out once per week, any medicating if they need it. Outdoor arena, round pens, and a few hundred acres of farm to ride on.

Another one is also $250- field board. Horse lives out with a few others and share a run-in. Hay is provided; you provide grain. Blanketing is included. You hold for vet/farrier. Nice indoor arena, rough-footed outdoor, some on-farm trails.
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post #32 of 45 Old 10-08-2017, 10:58 AM
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Does the full board include vet/farrier or do you have to pay extra to provide those as well?
I've never heard of any place paying for farrier or vet for a boarder. Vet bills can be any amount depending on what was done. No way I'm paying for that if it's not my horse. Same with farrier services.
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post #33 of 45 Old 10-08-2017, 05:59 PM
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I've never heard of any place paying for farrier or vet for a boarder. Vet bills can be any amount depending on what was done. No way I'm paying for that if it's not my horse. Same with farrier services.
Oh, I've never boarded so I didn't know. I was thinking some board was more expensive because there was a barn farrier who could trim the horses. I see where it could be a problem, I just wondered. When I said including vet I meant worming/shots, not all vet bills.

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post #34 of 45 Old 10-08-2017, 06:34 PM
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Oh, I've never boarded so I didn't know. I was thinking some board was more expensive because there was a barn farrier who could trim the horses. I see where it could be a problem, I just wondered. When I said including vet I meant worming/shots, not all vet bills.
I pay the farrier and then bill the client. I also do vaccinations & deworming and bill for the cost of the supplies. It's not included in the board but I do it for all the horses in my barn because it's easier to keep track of who's had what and when that way.
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post #35 of 45 Old 10-08-2017, 07:08 PM
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I pay the farrier and then bill the client. I also do vaccinations & deworming and bill for the cost of the supplies. It's not included in the board but I do it for all the horses in my barn because it's easier to keep track of who's had what and when that way.
That's a good system I think, and it's sorta the same as what I was thinking about, you just pay the bill on demand instead of in advance.

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post #36 of 45 Old 10-09-2017, 04:41 AM
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That's a good system I think, and it's sorta the same as what I was thinking about, you just pay the bill on demand instead of in advance.
That works for a small operation like mine. A large one though probably couldn't afford to do it that way. I know as a kid growing up, the farrier and vet just came out to the barns and did their services and sent my parents a bill each month, but I don't know how many do that any more either.

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post #37 of 45 Old 10-09-2017, 09:37 AM
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That's a good system I think, and it's sorta the same as what I was thinking about, you just pay the bill on demand instead of in advance.
That works for a small operation like mine. A large one though probably couldn't afford to do it that way. I know as a kid growing up, the farrier and vet just came out to the barns and did their services and sent my parents a bill each month, but I don't know how many do that any more either.
The way I was thinking wouldn't have to be cost prohibitive would It? If board was a certain amount, then if the farrier and basic vet was included, it cost a little extra to the boarder. Wouldn't the boarder still be paying all the expense, they just wouldn't have to pay on demand? Except if they had more than just regular schedule vet or farrier that cost extra, they'd be charged for that on a case by case basis.

I see where it could get complicated, and the way I'm explaining it may not even make sense lol

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post #38 of 45 Old 10-09-2017, 10:19 AM
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The way I was thinking wouldn't have to be cost prohibitive would It? If board was a certain amount, then if the farrier and basic vet was included, it cost a little extra to the boarder. Wouldn't the boarder still be paying all the expense, they just wouldn't have to pay on demand? Except if they had more than just regular schedule vet or farrier that cost extra, they'd be charged for that on a case by case basis.

I see where it could get complicated, and the way I'm explaining it may not even make sense lol
I think what you're saying makes sense but logistically I wouldn't want to get tied up in it. For instance, farrier charges $50 for a trim, has for years, then goes up to $65 but doesn't give any notice. If it's only 1 or 2 horses the BO might just eat it, but will have to raise rates to cover. BO has no control over vet & farrier charges, so might be bouncing the board rates all over the place which is going to create a lot of unhappiness in the boarders.

The way I do it now, I bill for Oct. Board, make a charge for the farrier on Oct 25, and put a note that says, in Nov I'm doing yearly vaccines. Since I have just found my vaccs on line and ordered them, I know that vaccs for each horse will cost the owners $125/horse. That's taking the costs of the vaccs (Vetera Gold XP plus VEE, WNV, Rabies, syringes & needles) and adding them all up and dividing by the number of horses in the barn. So I'd add Nov Board $XX, Vaccines $XX, no Farrier in Nov. and that would be the total. That way it's not in the board and I don't have to mess with my prices to accommodate vet or farrier. Does that make sense?

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post #39 of 45 Old 10-09-2017, 10:50 AM
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Natisha, I have boarded at locations where vet and farrier visits were scheduled for you. One where the price of the visit was built into the price of board, and one was not (you simply left a check tacked to a board on the designated week).

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post #40 of 45 Old 10-09-2017, 12:21 PM
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Natisha, I have boarded at locations where vet and farrier visits were scheduled for you. One where the price of the visit was built into the price of board, and one was not (you simply left a check tacked to a board on the designated week).
I schedule appointments too. Farrier every 6 weeks, vet for vaccinations/exams. People decide what they want & they get billed. The farrier gets paid at time of service, so if someone doesn't pre-pay I get stuck with it then have to chase it down.

Vet bills even for routine stuff vary depending on what was done with each horse. No way to pre-pay that & I don't have lots of money sitting around to cover until someone decides to pay me back.

The board rate is just for board. I don't have the time or desire to keep track of other people's bills.
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