Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
A couple other things to keep in mind long term. The price of everything does go up over time, and the price of hay can be extremely volatile based on the yield and weather. For us, the difference in hay prices between a good/normal year and a poor/drought year (where we need to truck in hay from out of state) can be 2-3x, and that makes a HUGH difference not only in the winter, but in the summer, too, since the pastures are poor. The last drought year we had in NC, there was NO local fall hay. Last year, we had an unusual, very heavy ice storm in March at the start of growing season that stunted the grass for months and we had to supplement with hay during the summer. When boarding, expect the BO to pass these variable costs along to you.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.