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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Feb. 9, 2005
    Upper Midwest


    I can't keep my horse (at cost) for that money. In the real boonies...where I am...stall board on average is $275. Pasture board with some grain fed 1x a day is $175. Feeding supplements is an extra $10. Feeding more than a couple pounds grain is an extra $ blanketing either.

    My horse is now on pasture board at a different place where he gets fed grain 2 x's a day and has 24-7 access to grass hay (stall in bad weather only). They will blanket. I provide my own bedding, alfalfa, wormer, feed and supps and stall mat if I want one. My feed is $90/mo alone!

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jun. 1, 2002


    In Indiana board starts at $200 - $250 a month for that kind of care going all the way up to $550 or so for an HJ barn or one with an on site trainer. I don't agree with raising board for a high maintenence client, either stand up for yourself, do what they want, or kick them out. You can always add a fee for the different care/food they want, or tell them your barn does not offer those services.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    May. 6, 2005


    I live in KY, and I would like to pay $200 a month!!! More like $500....

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Oct. 31, 2001
    West of insanity, east of apathy, deep in the heart of Texas.


    Quote Originally Posted by magnolia73 View Post
    You could not feed my horse for $200 a month.
    Amen. I think we figured up hard costs per horse (hay, grain, bedding) at $250/month, and that was about three years ago. Since hay has virtually doubled in price since then, you should have approximately tripled your rates at least eighteen months ago.

    And for a high maintenance, PITA client? $700 starting point for what you're describing. If you're taking a lot of shit for your services, you need to make them pay!
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  5. #25
    Join Date
    Mar. 25, 2008
    Goshen NY

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    I'm 55 miles outside NYC and my costs alone are $250 a month per horse...
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  6. #26
    Join Date
    Jun. 16, 2004
    ocala,florida....the place to be!


    i just raised my board to 500.00 a month.i have been at 450.. for 6 yrs. i have two boarders that wanted to buy their own hay and grain, and they still pay 305.00 for one and 335.00 for the other. i do stalls,turnout,blanketing,wormers,vet,farrier ect...i live on the property and just finally came to me that i am not paying myself for all the work i do

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  7. #27
    Join Date
    Feb. 20, 2006

    Default Don't know how you do it!!

    Are you making any money at all?

    I have two boarders in my private barn and provide the same services you do. I charge a base of $400 with an additional $15 for daily Strongid and another $15 for daily Solitude. So total of $430/mo. Both my boarders are very happy.

    Good luck to you.


  8. #28
    Join Date
    Apr. 16, 2005


    Quote Originally Posted by CallMeGrace View Post
    I live in KY, and I would like to pay $200 a month!!! More like $500....

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Jun. 1, 2007
    Harrisburg PA


    I pay $150 full board... BUT I am extrememly thankful and I don't look a gift situation in the mouth. I felt bad asking to keep my trailer on site since I live in the city in a small townhouse.

    I live in South Central PA...

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Apr. 1, 2003
    SE Ky


    When the Diva hits you extra's tell he - that's above and beyond normal work so that'll cost you "X". Then before board is due give her a bill with all the extra's included.

    Board should be your cost plus X amount of money for your time per day, so decide what you're worth and assume a small "adjustment" factor in there so when the prices of hay, feed, etc goes up you won't have to adjust the board constantly as you'll have a buffer zone built in.
    Now in Kentucky

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