So I have a small scale, outdoor boarding stable with an indoor arena (it’s a nice barn, but I keep things low-key). I have everything set-up to be low maintenance (round bales, auto-waterers) b/c I work and want to spend my time out in the barn actually riding and enjoying my horses. Plus I think it’s healthier for horses to be turned out with friends and have 24/7 hay. (That’s a whole other forum topic. )
But anyways, my question is: Should I charge extra to give a boarder’s horse Regumate? Since it’s going to be a hassle for me, should I give her a discount to switch to 12 day injections? I’m thinking I could get another hassle-free horse for the same money (but I’d rather not b/c I like the owner lol), so my thought is naturally I would charge her more for the potential risk & hassle. Has anyone else done this? If so, how much have you charged or how much should I charge?
I’m leaning towards telling her it’s going to be $30-40 extra/month or she can switch to the injections and obviously, I’d waive the fee. The cost difference between the daily and the injections is only $40/month, so essentially, I’m saying she’s going to pay the same price either way, might as well switch to injections. I don’t want to nickel & dime, but for the reasons below I also don’t want to deal with a contaminated barn.
My concerns are:
A) It will be a hassle to give orally or to mix in feed b/c I will have to wear gloves and I use cashel feed bags, so there is a potential for the Regumate to leak out and contaminate other horses, feed bags, or me/my help. (There’s been reports of people simply touching things the regumate has touched and being affected) If I feed it in a pan, there’s the potential for the other horses to get into it. If I bring her into a stall to feed, that defeats the purpose of me doing feed bags to keep things hassle-free in the first place. And I have limited stalls, so again it could contaminate the stall feeder for other horses.
B) I have broodmares and it could potentially mess with their cycles if they come into contact with it, hence why I’m worried about contamination. Also my own cycle could be messed with, and I’m sensitive to progesterone already.
C) It would create extra work for me to be hyper vigilant about either not contaminating the barn or having to clean the barn if contaminated.