Read about contracts and how they fit in with the state laws on boarding animals. There are many websites that give examples of legal disputes in the equine world. Most of the time, boarding stables try to stabilize prices and fees because they don't want to get a bad reputation in the community. Because they want to keep the barn full. If word gets out that they nickel and dime their customers to death they won't be able to fill their barn. A barn in my region has been struggling trying to keep stalls full because of that and will be sold. New owner/management will hopefully make changes. In general, contracts for board are not well-written. Many are so long and so 'legalese' that no one is going to read them very carefully. Even if they do read carefully they probably will not be able to keep track of everything in the contract. Many people don't have a contract. That's another issue. In 25 years of boarding, I only had to sign contracts fairly recently. Some places still don't have them. But in a way that doesn't much matter because the laws are written to favor the person who is providing the boarding service. As the quote from the legal website shows, they can add any charges at any time, they can increase prices as they please. You have two options: pay or leave. Another couple interesting things about contracts: State law defines what can be put in a contract. Something being in a contract doesn't make that provision legal or enforceable. That provision could be null or the whole contract could be null. State law defines what, in a contract, is enforceable. Many provisions put in a contract are not enforceable. Signing a release or a contract that includes a release ('hold harmless' agreement), does not entirely protect a stable(or a horse owner leasing a horse or teaching students on it) from liability. If they are negligent, they are still liable. The judge, not a horse person, decides what negligent means in each case. If you have to sign any contract, even one that looks like standard or familiar text from legalese.com(or equinelaw.com), it's good to go over it with a lawyer first.