>> March 8, 2016 – boarding
As of two months ago, my trainer made a few changes to boarding that I thought would be fun to lay out and discuss.
|With barn photos borrowed from our website for filler, because I am O-U-T of media.|
Change #1: We used to have two tiers of board, which basically amounted to the "extras not included" tier and the "full board" tier. Now we're all on full board with extras included.
My thoughts: Don't care. It means I no longer pay vet/farrier holding fees, so that saves me a few dollars, and now that I'm on full board, I feel like I have carte blanche to have them change his blankets whenever I want. In the past, I either did it myself, 45 minute drive be damned, or I had them do it and felt guilty about it, because I used to be a barn worker and endless blanket changes will drive you crazy. Now I leave blanketing instructions and don't feel guilty.
|This doesn't live in this field, but it does usually live in the grass field across the street. I think it was in this field for a clinic.|
Change #2: Heated buckets are now $30 month or pro-rated if the entire month isn't cold. If we don't want to pay it, we can provide Bucket Cozies.
My thoughts: I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate Bucket Cozies with a fiery passion, and I also hate colic, and I also know how much running a heating element 24/7 actually costs my trainer. She's not making anything here, and I will cheerfully pay $30/month for a few months a year to avoid an impaction colic.
Change #3: The price of board went up.
My thoughts: She brought it in line with what other area facilities are charging, we were actually fairly low, and you have to drive pretty far to find a facility as nice as ours. Other horsey friends' pretended to hit me when I told them what I was paying before for an on-property XC course, Kentucky Horse Park footing in the indoor and outdoor, full day turnout, etc etc. And of course, we've had a full waitlist the entire time I've known this facility, and a small price increase won't change that. Supply and demand and reasonably priced goods and services, yo.
(That said, I really hope the board cost stabilizes where it is.)
Change #4: We're now all required to either have two lessons or one training ride and one lesson per week.
My thoughts: I honestly think I was one of the only boarders sticking to one lesson per week, which has always been required to board here. Everyone else has so many training rides and lessons on the calendar, my eyes kind of cross when I mentally tally what their bills must look like each month.
Overall, I'm okay with the lesson change. We make a lot more progress with two than with one, it makes having one jumping and one Dressage lesson per week a possibility, and it gives me less time to forget things between lessons. That said, it will probably decrease the number of shows I go to, because I do have a limit on what I feel is reasonable to pay for a hobby every month.
|We're like, a month away from everything looking like this instead of brown. Come on, spring!|