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  • Multiple Horse Board Discount?

    Does your boarding barn offer a discount for multiple horses? Care to share what that is? Dollar amount or percentage?

    At first I wondered why a barn would offer a discount. I can see that, yes two horses take up twice the amount of everything, space, supplies, time, etc. but then realized that the BO would have one less boarder to deal with. If the boarder is a good one, itmight be worth offering a discount. Then there would be that much less possiblity of more iffy or unknown boarders.

    Curious to see the discussion....

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    I wish my place offered a discount. I have two and pay full board for both. However, mine are both in huge pastures, not stalls so it's not like I'm shelling out major bucks, but still, it would be nice to have a small percentage discount.
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    • #3
      No multi-horse discount. Board pays for the care of each horse, no discounts for having to deal with one pain-in-the-butt boarder instead of three pain-in-the-butt boarders. It's still the same amount of manure to move.

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      • #4
        I have never been offered a discount, and I have boarded up to four horses at the same place.

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        • #5
          I don't offer a discount and I have a few clients with muliple horses. I can understand why barns would offer this perk as a means to be competitive. I don't need to as our retirement rates are very reasonable for the amount of work/care some of these horses require.
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          • #6
            I board at a small self-care facility. The owner charges $110 for your first horse, and $100 for each additional horse. Not much of a discount, but still pretty nice.

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            • #7
              I have never boarded anywhere that offered a multi-horse discount.

              I see no way that it is positive honestly.

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                #8
                Interesting replies. I would have thought that there might be more places offering the discount.

                I looked at one pasture board place that charged $100 for the first horse and $90 for the second. I've been boarding in a partial care paddock for 2 years with no multi-horse discount.

                I am in the process of moving now and was curious, as I've come across both discount and no discount in my area.
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                • #9
                  I get a 20.00 a month discount for 2 horses, but it balances out with the 20.00 add on for senior for my old guy (which was in place before the second horse). But it is still nice that it is given. I chalk it up for being a good boarder, who helps out and pays on time.
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                  • #10
                    I boarded at a place years back who would let you pasture board one horse for free (350.00 pasture board) if you had two horses on stall board. I am pretty sure they no longer offer this great deal.

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                    • #11
                      I was offered a discount at several barns, but I declined.

                      Because I figured that at some point, either Cloudy or Callie would be slighted for not paying "full board". Might as well have done it since we got cheated anyway.

                      If I had had 4 or 5 horses as some on this board do, I'd have taken the 50 per month discount per horse.

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                      • #12
                        At my last barn (where I boarded before I moved my horses home) I did get a discount for having 2 horses--IIRC it was $25/month off my total bill, or maybe $25/horse. Every bit helps!
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                        • #13
                          No discounts here although it would be nice. On the other hand it might make me wonder how much their board prices are infllated if they can afford to offer me a discount on a horse since that horse will be eating and taking up just as much space as my other horse. I know my BO doesn't make money on board so I'd probably feel guilty if she offered me a discount. I'm the only boarder and will often handle the delivery's, etc that come in when she's showing so I know the actual costs vs my board rates.

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                          • #14
                            None where I am but the board is super-cheap. IF I had my own place and chose to board horses, I might consider a multihorse discount for the reason stated-- one or more fewer "personalities" to deal with (i.e. owners)

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                            • #15
                              I had a major client negotiate a multi horse discount with me a couple of years ago when she brought in 5-6 horses. Now, she has 3 here and will scream like a stuck pig if I try to raise board on her since she has fewer here currently. I truly do regret doing it and her horses turned out to be more labor/feed intensive than anyone else's.

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                              • #16
                                Multi-horse discounts send up red flags for me anymore. In my experience, the places I've been that offered them were very profit-driven. The barns were focused on the quantity of horses on the property and not the quality of care they were providing.
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                                • #17
                                  When I first brought my two horses to my trainer's barn, she had just raised her board by $50 a month for new customers, but because I was bringing two, she gave me the old rate, so she discounted by $50 per horse. On the other hand, I also give her a good amount of lesson/training business, so whatever discount she gives me on board is more than offset by other income. I'll also add that she's done the same thing for other folks bringing in more than one horse, and she's never, ever skimped on the care.

                                  I've been a customer at this barn for 6+ years, and the reason I'll never leave is that it's the first place I've ever boarded where I don't have to worry about my horse.
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                                  • #18
                                    When I was a barn owner, I offered it. Hard to remember, I think it was $250 for one horse, but $450/$475 for two?

                                    Never boarded at a place that offered it though.
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                                    • #19
                                      I get 10% off for the second horse. The second horse isn't shorted 10% on anything. I think, for the BO, it's a way of keeping the barns full and hanging on to 'good' boarders. I know there was a spell when she quoted higher rates to incoming new boarders, but kept the established boarders at their old rate until the price of hay forced an increase for everybody.

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                                      • #20
                                        I have boarded at two places that each offered multiple-horse discounts. The first offered a $25 discount for each additional horse. The second was a $10 discount. I never boarded more than one horse, but I thought that was nice for those individuals who had two or three or ....
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