ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hidden Costs of Boarding a Horse

Updated on April 1, 2014
DonnaCSmith profile image

Donna Campbell Smith is a published author, freelance writer, and photographer. She also specializes in horses.

Cost is a Primary Factor

First time horse owners who will board their horses are usually excited about their new horse and overwhelmed with questions about finding the best boarding situation. Much of what goes into their choice will depend on the quality of the facility and care offered, what they plan to do with their horse, and cost.

Cost is another primary factor in choosing a barn, but what some novice horse owners do not realize is there can be hidden costs at many horse facilities that can add up to as much as double the basic boarding fee. One should ask what is included in the basic board package and what is not.

Ask Questions About Extra Fees Before You Commit

 

New horse owners need to know what is included in full board, pasture board or partial board. Full board usually means the horse will have a stall, be fed twice a day and turned out for free exercise and/or grazing. Other services may be included or a fee may be charged for individual services.

 

Pasture board normally does not include a stall. Horses may or may not be fed in addition to the pasture grazing. You should ask about this, and ask how feeding time is managed. Sometimes the horses are separated into individual paddocks while being fed and others feed the horses together. Some are supplemented with hay in winter. Some facilities require owners provide their horse’s feed and hay. Ask questions and be sure you clearly understand what is included with pasture board.

 

Partial board can mean many things. Basically the owner provided some or all of the supplies: feed, hay, shavings. Often you will also be expected to share the workload. Get all the details. This can save money and give the owner satisfaction in participating in their horse’s care. On the other hand, if work schedules and distance make time short then this may not be the best choice.

 

Once you have learned what is included in the basic board price be sure ask what other fees will be charged and when payment is due before signing a contract. Those extra fees should be spelled out in the boarding contract.

 

Riding lessons, horse training or exercising are charged extra at most facilities. Sometimes a lesson barn will have a package deal with board and lessons included in one fee. You will want to ask about this and find out how many lessons are included in the package.

 

Show fees are a common example of extra expenses, and they can mount up to a substantial amount. Fees may include grooming, hauling, training and instruction, and the trainer’s food, lodging and other expenses. Some of the fees will be divided between clients if several horses are taken to the show. Be sure to ask. Clipping, hoof polishing, bathing, and braiding are sometimes negotiable if you know how to do these things yourself. If not, then you will be charged. Also, be prepared to tip the groom for taking care of your horse at a show. Grooms work very hard at shows for traditionally low pay.

 

 Vet and farrier services have to be paid by the client in advance or at time of service. If you cannot be present to hold your horse then the barn may charge a handling fee.

 

Administering oral medication and supplements, tending wounds, bandaging, wrapping, and other first aid/special care may also carry a fee. Some barns charge a small fee for adding supplements to the feed or other extra daily care.

 

New horse owners, once they have narrowed down the search for a place to house their horse should take the time to sit down and talk to the manager or barn owner. Ask for a complete list of services and ask what is included in the board, what is extra and what services are mandatory. Ask that these be attached or included in your boarding contract before you commit to boarding your horse since the extras may add a surprising amount to the cost of boarding a horse.

 

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      8 years ago from Central North Carolina

      DWCU it varies. You need to discuss these issues with the barn manager/owner and be sure it is covered in your boarding contract.

    • profile image

      DWCU 

      8 years ago

      Do full board stables charge for washing a muddy horse? Do they charge to apply fly spray? Do they charge extra to clean hooves or are these the responsibility of the owner.

    • profile image

      Ellie 

      9 years ago

      Hi Donna,

      Just read in story based in the U.S. in our local newspaper about how people these days, given the bad enconomic situation, are giving up their beloved horses. Some owners don't want money for them and are searching for new homes, while others are setting them free to fend for themselves. Made me feel very sad... It's not that they don't love them but when you don't have a home anymore and/or money, many have no choice.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)