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post #1 of 4 Old 05-17-2019, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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How much to charge?

I'm wondering how much you would charge for boarding. I am just a friend since I had to put my sweet boy down in March but I sometimes feel like my friend/the barn owner is undercharging for all that she does and charges. It's located in Washington state (about 30 minutes north of Seattle) and it's in town pretty much (only 15 minutes from me). We have a half covered and half uncovered area that's probably about average size? It's not long enough for jumping. It's privately owned and nothing real fancy. There is stalls with all day turn out for $350 and outside with shelter for $300. She also charges $100 one time fee of $100 to clean your pasture or $75 a month to clean pasture for you if you don't want to do it. She does stalls, feeding am and pm which includes grain and turning the horse out. what do you think is fair to charge?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-17-2019, 05:12 PM
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It's not so much about what she deserves, but what she can charge people who have alternatives. The more desirable features she has that are unique to her farm, the higher the premium she can ask for. She needs to find out (a) what are her strengths and weaknesses in her market, and (b) how much her competitors charge relative to their strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, how hard she works does not enter into it. I can start working hard digging a hole somewhere 8 hours a day, and nobody will give me a penny for it.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-17-2019, 05:23 PM
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Board at my barn is $300/month for pasture board, with grain, hay, blanketing, fly masks, and minor first aid (if needed) included. Stall board is $400 for all of the above, plus stall cleaning 2x daily and turnout if desired. All boarders get to use the trails, schooling arena, jumping arena, etc.

I agree that it depends on what boarding there involves - someone with a fancy jumping arena or indoor arena could charge more because of the draw to it.

I would say $300 is probably a fair price, I'd maybe even go for $400. But, again, it all depends on what the other options are. If she's the only boarding barn in the area, she has the market cornered. If not, her competition might have more benefits, thus causing her to lower her prices to combat it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-17-2019, 05:36 PM
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I was trying to find out how much boarding in Kistap county (across the water from you) costs, and I found this resource:

You should be able to plug in Seattle instead of Kitsap. Then you can see what other people are charging. That would give you something to compare to, to see if what she's charging is reasonable. The half covered arena confuses me a little. I think most places in the area have (fully) covered arenas for the obvious reason, so it might be a little hard to really compare.

It sounds pretty low, but without a fully covered arena it might be hard to charge more.

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