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    How much do you pay for board?

    I am curious about board prices across the U.S.

    I'm interested in the following:

    What region of the country are you located in (Northeast, Southwest, etc...)?

    What do you pay for board?

    What does that include?

    Let's try to keep this thread OBJECTIVE and informational, please?


    I'll start:

    I'm in the Midwest, I pay $580 a month for board, which includes daily turn-out with 3 other like-minded horses in a dirt pasture with roundbale. Two meals a day, indoor/outdoor rings (1 dressage, 1 jumping), cross-country course and trails.

    You?
    Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.

    #2
    Well allpurpose, let's be fair to the Midwest. You're at one of the best-equipped eventing facilities for miles around, there's a highly reputable in-house trainer at your facility which probably significantly affects their ability to charge $$$ for the board, the care is top-notch, there are not one but TWO barn-owned trailers for hitching rides to events + copious other folks with trailers, and the XC course there is beautiful. I don't consider that a "regional phenomenon" so much as a "you get what you pay for" phenomenon.

    To put this in perspective, here's a quick survey of 4 other facilities within 20 miles of you that also attract local eventers, which goes to show that it's not really a regional issue:

    $300 a month for pasture board, which includes 24/7 turnout on 8 acres and a dedicated stall for meals and/or bad weather. $350 if you prefer to have your horses in at night (12 hour day turnout). Dirt pasture with some grass, ample hay thrown twice daily. 2 meals a day of an excellent complete feed, indoor/outdoor rings, no trails but can ride on quiet local roads, no XC course. No in-house trainer but bring in any insured trianer for $5 ring fee per usage. Technically there is no blanket service, but ask nicely on rare occasions and ye shall receive provided you don't abuse the privilege. Trailer parking arrangements on a case-by-case basis depending on size of rig and where you want to park it. (this is my arrangement, btw)

    $475 a month for stall board, which includes daily turnout with 2 other horses on ample, lush grass. Turnout generally 8 hours or less daily, large stalls 14' x 14' with free-choice excellent hay. Two meals a day of whole ingredients (beet pulp/oats/barley/rice bran/whatever personal mix suits your horse), large indoor ring no outdoor ring, no XC course, no trails but you can ride on the quiet local roads. Great personal service from BO, including turnout boots and all the blanket changes you want, free trailer parking. No in-house trainer, but you are welcome to bring in any trainer you want with no ring fee.

    $350 a month for stall board, daily turnout varies from individual to small herd of 5, generally in dirt paddocks. Grass (sorta) in summer, hay/round bales in winter. Two meals a day of low-molasses sweet feed/Purina pellet mix, large indoor/outdoor rings, large sloped field for hill work, no XC course, no trails and ride on busy local dirt roads at your own risk. One local eventing trainer in-house two days a week, two dressage instructors in-house once weekly, eventing trainer's well-qualified twentysomething daughter also gives lessons one day a week. No blanket service, free trailer parking for boarders. No outside trainers allowed.

    $375 for stall board, including daily turnout on beautiful grass (mostly individual or pair turnout). Two meals daily of custom oat/vit/min blend with Buckeye Ultimate Finish or Cadence to supplement if necessary, indoor/outdoor rings, cross-country course, some trails but not many. Two popular local eventing trainers come in for lessons. Not sure of status on dressage trainers at this barn. Not sure about blanket service, but I'm pretty sure it's included in board. One 3-horse slant owned by BO's for transport to events + trailer parking, not sure how much they charge for that.
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      #3
      Kentucky - some people say Midwest, some Southeast. Pick whatever you'd like :-)

      $125/horse for self care pasture board. It includes a field with run-in, use of the barn facilities, trailer parking and a private tack closet. Everything else is my responsibility. Small outdoor arena, short hack to a city-owned park.
      www.kentuckysidesaddle.com

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        #4
        Auburn, AL (I specify city because rural Auburn and Birmingham are night and day when it comes to boarding options)


        $400/month for two horses to have a large private paddock to themselves. Meal 2x day, blanketing, use of two arenas and lots of land. Trailer parking, large tack room. Would pay same price for 1 horse on stall board.

        In Birmingham, you can't really expect to get stall board at a decent facility for less than $500 a month.

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          #5
          We live in central Mn. and pasture board only for $100 a month, no geldings only brood mares or young stock, no riding. Includes 180 acres of pastures split into 8 differant ones, mares and foals are pastured together as are open mares,. young stock pastured together by age. Board includes oats once a day and free choice salt and min/via blocks, we also worm all horses for no cost farrier work and vaccinations are extra.
          Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.

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            #6
            Originally posted by jn4jenny View Post
            Well allpurpose, let's be fair to the Midwest. You're at one of the best-equipped eventing facilities for miles around, there's a highly reputable in-house trainer at your facility which probably significantly affects their ability to charge $$$ for the board, the care is top-notch, there are not one but TWO barn-owned trailers for hitching rides to events + copious other folks with trailers, and the XC course there is beautiful. I don't consider that a "regional phenomenon" so much as a "you get what you pay for" phenomenon.

            To put this in perspective, here's a quick survey of 4 other facilities within 20 miles of you that also attract local eventers, which goes to show that it's not really a regional issue:

            $300 a month for pasture board, which includes 24/7 turnout on 8 acres and a dedicated stall for meals and/or bad weather. $350 if you prefer to have your horses in at night (12 hour day turnout). Dirt pasture with some grass, ample hay thrown twice daily. 2 meals a day of an excellent complete feed, indoor/outdoor rings, no trails but can ride on quiet local roads, no XC course. No in-house trainer but bring in any insured trianer for $5 ring fee per usage. Technically there is no blanket service, but ask nicely on rare occasions and ye shall receive provided you don't abuse the privilege. Trailer parking arrangements on a case-by-case basis depending on size of rig and where you want to park it. (this is my arrangement, btw)

            $475 a month for stall board, which includes daily turnout with 2 other horses on ample, lush grass. Turnout generally 8 hours or less daily, large stalls 14' x 14' with free-choice excellent hay. Two meals a day of whole ingredients (beet pulp/oats/barley/rice bran/whatever personal mix suits your horse), large indoor ring no outdoor ring, no XC course, no trails but you can ride on the quiet local roads. Great personal service from BO, including turnout boots and all the blanket changes you want, free trailer parking. No in-house trainer, but you are welcome to bring in any trainer you want with no ring fee.

            $350 a month for stall board, daily turnout varies from individual to small herd of 5, generally in dirt paddocks. Grass (sorta) in summer, hay/round bales in winter. Two meals a day of low-molasses sweet feed/Purina pellet mix, large indoor/outdoor rings, large sloped field for hill work, no XC course, no trails and ride on busy local dirt roads at your own risk. One local eventing trainer in-house two days a week, two dressage instructors in-house once weekly, eventing trainer's well-qualified twentysomething daughter also gives lessons one day a week. No blanket service, free trailer parking for boarders. No outside trainers allowed.

            $375 for stall board, including daily turnout on beautiful grass (mostly individual or pair turnout). Two meals daily of custom oat/vit/min blend with Buckeye Ultimate Finish or Cadence to supplement if necessary, indoor/outdoor rings, cross-country course, some trails but not many. Two popular local eventing trainers come in for lessons. Not sure of status on dressage trainers at this barn. Not sure about blanket service, but I'm pretty sure it's included in board. One 3-horse slant owned by BO's for transport to events + trailer parking, not sure how much they charge for that.
            Well, yes, jn4jenny, this is exactly the type of response I was hoping for! I am aware that I'm at a top-notch facility...and I was hoping to get some perspective on my situation and what I'm paying for. That's why I asked the general question. It's all about perspective, my dear!

            Thank you for your detailed response. I appreciate it! Kisses to your Mira!
            Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.

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              #7
              Midwest. $750/month
              6 days a week breakfast to dinner turnout in beautiful 125 acre field with two other horses, field has run in, auto waters, rolling hills, trees it's perfect. All is included, they blanket, do bell boots etc for turn out. Remove when they come in. Barn and indoor are heated and air conditioned. Horse laundry facility is free to use. Two outdoor areas plus several miles of trails on the property. Great hot/cold wash stalls. Human locker room with showers etc.

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                #8
                Mid-Atlantic, $600. Straw bedding, automatic waterers, moderate sized turnout with 2-3 horses about 12 hrs per day with run-in sheds, feed of your choice, plenty of free-choice hay, hot/cold water. Nice outdoor with jumps including rolltop and liverpool. Second outdoor being built, but no indoor. Direct access to trails. Clean, new barn. Blanket switching included. Trainer on premises and other trainers allowed.

                When I was in the midwest a few years ago: $280 (since gone up), indoor plus small outdoor and grass jumping ring only used when footing is good, shavings, decent feed and moderate amount of hay, large general turnout but limited options for private/semiprivate turnout, no trail access, excellent trainer on site, older barn. No blanket changes except in extreme circumstances (will take off blankets if temperature shoots up 30 degrees).

                So you can see I had sticker shock when I moved out here. But I've found $550+ to be the average for a nice boarding facility in this area - VA/MD/PA.

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                  #9
                  Pacific NorthWest (Vancouver, Canada). Severe land contraints.

                  Facility/Care
                  - 24 stalls
                  - smallish-individual paddocks, pasture they can be rotated on during summer (if and when it ever comes ), and turn-out in the indoor allowed if you're not interfering with anyone else. In really bad weather the BO/Coach closes the arena in the morning and rotates all the horses through while chores are being done.
                  - Full feed/care program. Very knowledgeable BOs (everyone is in good flesh and dapply), but you need to be willing to fit into their program, or have a specific reason why you need something different (i.e. specialized feed for medical condition, short term boarding on a horse with a different diet etc). Most boarders are ammies who need that knowledge/support anyways.
                  - Blankets on/off as required (no one is left to freeze, fry or get soaked), but if you want Poopsie's blanket changed based on every 4c of temperature change through the day, you'll have to come do it yourself.
                  - boots on/off if your horse needs them
                  - no extra charges for farrier, vet, feeding supplements your provide etc. If your horse needs a one time bute dosage or something and you don't have any, they'll provide it no charge.

                  $730/month including weekly lessons from EC II coach. No additional charges/services available. They'll ensure the horse has whatever it needs and do it well, but they don't have the staff to pander to truly neurotic/high maintenance owners. It's at the low end price-wise for a good full service barn in the area.
                  "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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                    #10
                    I'm moving south from where I am. The couple of places that I'm interested in are $600-$725. I'm limited because I'm going for the trainer/training.

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                      #11
                      Central New Jersey = Land Of Expensive

                      I am lucky. I pay $575 for full board, turnout with one buddy. Two grain meals per day, almost continuous hay, stall cleaned/pulled back daily, almost continual picking. Supplements given (I supply), blanketing and heated tack room, lounge and there is trailer parking.

                      Indoor, two outdoor arena, two heated wash stalls, 16 miles of trails on propery.

                      I can find cheaper with less amenities and can easily find more expensive with the same or less.
                      www.headsupspecialriders.com

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                        #12
                        I am a few minutes outside of Boise, Idaho in the Inland Northwest. I pay $290 a month for one horse. The following is included: feed twice daily (a great grass hay), daily turn-out on a half acre of grass with a buddy, stall with covered run, use of a decent outdoor arena, decent tack room with a fridge, tons of trails a short, rural road ride away, any insured instructor welcome, barn owned trailer available for a fee. They will also feed grain/supplements at no extra charge if the owner pre-mixes them.
                        This is a very friendly place and I love the personal connections I have made there. The BO's have four horses on the property now, four other horses/boarders are totally or mostly retired from any riding, and then there is my gelding and another Arab who is owned by a wonderful woman who does mostly Parelli ground "stuff".
                        I have been warned, however, that board will probably be going up within the next two/three months due to the overall cost increases of everything.
                        Sheilah

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                          #13
                          Fort Collins, CO:

                          $300 for an outside run with turnout on a dirt lot 3 times a week. All the hay my horse can eat fed twice a day.
                          We have an indoor, two outdoors and about 200 acres.

                          I purchase my grain, they feed it. I pay additional $24 for daily turnout.

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                            #14
                            My guys are boarded at two separate places - Midwest (MN).

                            Place 1: $275/month. Includes stall & turnout (he's in a semi-private t/o with one other horse - though currently my guy is on stall rest...) plus grain 2x and hay 2x. Feedings are tailored per horse, though everyone is on the same feed and they get as much hay as they need to maintain weight at night. There are two large pastures (geldings & mares) plus 8 smaller turnouts. Stalls cleaned daily. Buckets dumped and scrubbed weekly (dumped more frequently if dirty). We had a heated indoor arena plus two outdoor arenas plus a stadium and cross country courses. And access to many miles of gravel roads. Each boarder has her own tack locker (which is lockable). BO feeds supps at no charge (you provide and baggie though) and will remove blankets/put them on at no charge - but you can't abuse the system. Standard $5/fee for vet/farrier holds.

                            Place 2: $150/month. Pasture board. I supply feed & supplements. The BO feeds him for me. He gets all the hay he needs to maintain weight. Pasture is about 5-8 acreas. He roams around in like 5 of the acres - I don't think he konws he can get to the back section. Oh well. There is a barn with stalls, but no one is stalled unless weather is just atrocious. No arenas but lots of trails just down the road.

                            Horse #2 (boarded at place 2) will be moving to place 3 June 1st. It's closer to home. He'll be on stall & t/o. $125 plus I'll be working a bit to pay off some of my board. LOVELY facility. Just no arenas. It'll likely be individual t/o until he gets adjusted then he may go out with the herd. Owner is a vet so he'll get topnotch care (plus I've worked for BO in past.. still do). Plans for an arena are in the works... perhaps I can help her with it so it finally gets done. I'll supply feed & supplements, she'll feed plus hay when needed.

                            Yep. I love the Midwest!
                            Proud owner of Gus & Gringo.
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                              #15
                              Pasture board in New Hampshire. No ring. No stalls, ever. No blanketing; don't even ask. Free choice hay. Grain (one choice only, a complete feed) included with board; quantity determined by barn owner depending on horse's workload. $250 per month.

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                                #16
                                sending mine there!

                                Originally posted by county View Post
                                We live in central Mn. and pasture board only for $100 a month, no geldings only brood mares or young stock, no riding. Includes 180 acres of pastures split into 8 differant ones, mares and foals are pastured together as are open mares,. young stock pastured together by age. Board includes oats once a day and free choice salt and min/via blocks, we also worm all horses for no cost farrier work and vaccinations are extra.
                                Have room for 6 more?

                                *Better to have loved than to have never loved at all.*
                                ALWAYS Blessings NEVER losses.

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                                  #17
                                  You other midwesterners are lucky!
                                  I'm in MO and currently pay minimum $600/month for each horse. Includes grass turnout with one other horse/feeding/blanketing/(very nice) outdoor ring with show quality jumps/access to trails, but no indoor. It's a private barn so the board is significantly lower then other places I have boarded in the area.

                                  It wasn't so long ago that I was paying $1500/horse for the same amenities.

                                  I pay $550/month for each horse in Fort Collins, CO at another full service barn that has multiple outdoors, a xcountry field, a track, a big indoor and lots of turnout.

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                                    #18
                                    I have looked for boarding here in Scottsdale AZ

                                    Cowboy type of barns riding arenas, thrown alfalfa twice a day---around $300 a month

                                    English facilities
                                    little turn out, stall boarding, arenas, nice care $350-600 a month

                                    Then we have the
                                    creme de la crem (sp)

                                    They will give your horse 2 suger cubes at noon if you want, clean as many times a day as you want, change the bedding everyday if you want---$895 a month, nice green pastures (small) but green in this desert!, beautiful jumping ring, driving ring, dressage ring and lots of trails. Several professional trainers...nice place with imported doors for the horses stalls, life size bronzes through out---really fancy.
                                    *Better to have loved than to have never loved at all.*
                                    ALWAYS Blessings NEVER losses.

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                                      #19
                                      350 for heated indoor, stall, paddocks with 2-4 other horses. Grain/hay in stalls morning and night, free choice outside. Open to any trainer, farrier, vet. Miles of trails. Board for this usually ranges 400-600 in this area.

                                      MINNESOTA

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                                        #20
                                        I'm in the Midwest (IL). Stall board at my barn is $425.00/horse. It includes daily turnout, either in a group or individually. Group turnout is 8 hours, individual is roughly 4 hours. The turnout is in nice, grassy, well-kept pastures or there are dirt paddocks available. My horse has a great deal - he goes out with 2 other geldings all day long (the other groups are bigger) and the one gelding is his "bestest friend". Board also includes feeding grain twice per day (supplements fed at no extra charge, but boarders must bag them or use SmartPak), hay 3 times per day, daily stall cleaning, use of trails, 2 outdoor rings, and a gigantic indoor ring. There are also 3 indoor washracks (one is insulated and has a door so it's heated in the winter). The jumps are all newer and in perfect condition. The property is wonderfully maintained, no broken fences or anything. The barn is open 7 days a week 'till 9 and the owners and staff live on the property.

                                        If you want boots for turnout or blanket changes done per the weather, it's an extra $25 per month.

                                        They also have pasture board for somewhere around $270/month.

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