If you pay attention to details when horse training and riding then you already know the rewards can be awesome. For some of us when it comes to having a 7th sense, the ‘good business sense’, we might fall short of success just because we aren’t minding our P’s and Q’s. In this case not meaning please and thank-you or even as written in 1763 in a poem by Charles Churchill, how to handle writing the alphabet with due care, “On all occasions next the chair / He stands for service of the Mayor, / And to instruct him how to use / His As and Bs, and Ps and Qs.”
My personal favorite explanation for the origin of P’s and Q’s might be the one from British barkeepers of the 17th Century who had to keep an eye on the number of pints and quarts of ale that were consumed by their clientele and chalk up a tally at the end of the night. The mind does wander, back to the business of buying a barn!
Let’s think about minding our p’s and q’s as price and quality. They go hand in hand and the price paid needs to provide value for money. You may want a looser rein on price than you think when you go shopping for your new horse barn as poor quality won’t provide cost effectiveness over time.
Price of most products is decided by quality. And quality is necessarily made up of three components: materials used; the design in which they are augmented; the craftsmanship of how they are assembled.
To simply look at the cheapest price of a horse barn as the deciding factor in the purchasing decision would be akin to buying a horse that was slightly lame on one leg and figuring as long as it could do the job at hand it could be made ‘to do.’ Of course the reality of that ‘lameness’ sincerely affecting the usefulness and longevity of use and the consequential expenses to attempt to remedy the issue would directly increase the capital expense. That directly equals less time to spend enjoying riding and training your horses and more time and expense on maintenance.
When shopping for a horse barn the products on the market may look similar but their quality does need to be vetted. The three q’s of quality deserve your attention. Pick up that hoof pick and dig a little deeper. Look at the type of wood, the finish on the hardware, the durability of the roof shingles and siding. Does the design offer functionality for daily use and will the building withstand Mother Nature’s wrath? Will the level of craftsmanship deliver a sturdy product?
While some companies may charge extra for chew guards or different window options it is wise to check the quality of what is on offer, not just accept their ‘included’ provision as one on to hang your riding helmet on.
As we all know keeping horses is an expensive enterprise. New horse barns aren’t cheap. Any passionate horse person becomes understandably excited at the delight of shopping for a new house for their horse(s) and casting a hard look at the p’s and q’s of what is on the market is a good way to make a great deal that you will be happy with for a lifetime.
If you are keen to develop your 7th sense then consider nailing down that price with a contract that accurately expresses the materials to be used, offers warranties and craftsmanship that will endure the antics of the horses living beneath the roof. Before you enjoy the daily ritual of sweeping that aisleway floor in your new barn, consider sweeping up a deal at a lot liquidation sale. Larger modular building companies offer some super deals on their lots and lots of options on price that can keep you on point with your budget and yet still provide a safe, sound building for your needs.
It is important not to get carried away when horse barn shopping and to overlook the p’s and q’s. Choose a building partner that will offer a measured approach with bucket loads of advice and one that offers lots of different styles of barns in their product stable. When it comes to sticking to the budget the more choices you have in barn style, size and design the better. To avoid being saddled with more interest debt than necessary if borrowing money to invest in your new horse barn, ask the company if they offer any 3rd party financing options.
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