Who pays for new run-in?: Update at #51
A few weeks ago I posted about my recently retired horse hogging the run-in at his new pasture. You all gave me great suggestions about putting in a divider, but unfortunately that didn't work. He still blocks his two pasture mates out of the run-in, and with winter coming we need a solution.
The BO loves my horse despite his character flaw, and offered to build a second run-in on the property so that my bully can have one and his pasture mates can share the other. One of the pasture mates is another retiree boarded by a friend of mine.
But now comes the question of who pays and how much.
I already know she wants a well-constructed wood/metal shed (not the blow-away plastic/canvas stuff) and has a contractor to build it. That could run several hundred dollars, and she's asked me to essentially pay for it with a board increase.
I'd argue that a run-in needs to be something the BO wants as much as I want it, and to that end we should share the cost. It's entirely plausible that my payments would outlive my horse, for example.
I also question whether I should shoulder all the co-payments when the other boarder's horse is benefiting from the addition of the shed.
My other option, of course, is to move my horse to another retirement place where he wouldn't be the alpha.
This BO gives great care, and my horse is thriving on her pasture. I want this to be a win-win. How would you approach the subject of who pays for a new run-in?