There are allotted fees for each type of horse boarding but there are still various considerations that you should take into account
Horse boarding has many types and includes full board, part-board, pasture board and self-care board; all of these types have their own fees and costs. And for you to be able to receive fair horse boarding fees, you have to consider the following aspects:
Location – In considering the location, you should expect that you will pay higher fees especially if the stable is situated in urban areas. Horse boarding will be a little bit cheaper if it is situated in a rural area wherein fodder can be more easily acquired and it is not too spacious. Land and tax fees are higher if you are going to choose the urban area and it will surely reflect on the boarding. You can balance the driving time as well as the fees if it is further from the stable that is closest to you.
Amenities and facilities available – You can expect that the fees will high if the stable provides full service. Groomed riding, indoor arenas, trails, jumps, wash racks, new barns, larger stall, feeders and automatic water will all reflect on the horse boarding fees. So if you want to know the fees just be aware of what the stable offers.
Services offered – When it comes to the services offered, it may include self-care and full board. Both of these services have their own determined fees.
Self-care board – For self-care horse boarding, you have to make sure that you have the capability to supply your horse with what it needs including the fencing and shelter. You should also make sure that water is always available; you will surely need a bucket or trough. You are also required to bring and purchase feed as well as bedding and hay for the stalls. There are instances where horses are not regularly checked but it will then depend on the agreement that you have signed. It is very necessary that your horse be worked with several times per week so that your horse can stay fit. You need to arrange for farrier and veterinarian calls too.
Full board – For full board, you have nothing to think of because everything is already given to your horse however expect higher fees for full-service. The stalls will be regularly cleaned, your horse will be watered and fed and will be provided its basic needs. The horses are turned out for some exercises and they are also blanketed depending on the weather and that is usually accompanied with an extra fee. Farriers and veterinarians are arranged by the manager or owner. The lessons for horses also requires an extra fee.
If you want to make sure that you will be charged with fair horse boarding fees, it’s best to inquire what services and amenities are included and those that are not. You should also investigate any extra expenses upfront so that you will not be surprised if you are asked to pay a higher amount when you get your horse boarding bill. Understanding and knowing the fee structure beforehand will ensure fairness to you as well as the owner.