Show season is coming up and I do need a lot of help around here. The days are piling up and I'm going to need help taking care of my place.
I was talking to my friend yesterday who is thinking of hiring a working student for her barn and I thought that might not be a bad idea for me as well. A working student would be basically working off board except they get free board. The problem I have is my place is a little my size barn. It's 5 stalls filled with my 5 horses so I don't have extra room. I did have a friend of mine boarding her horse with me basically the same situation but she was on pasture board. She covered her hay and I kept her horse here. In turn she cleaned stalls daily, swept the aisle way, made sure everybody was turned out and brought in when I was gone or just needed help. I was a work reference for her as well. It let me get away when I was invited to performances outside of state, I knew everything was taken care of at home. Sadly she just moved across the country to get married and now I'm doing this on my own again. I have a lot of other friends that help me out as well but nobody that can come over on a regular basis, more like on when they have days off. They're happy to help but it's irregular however I do appreciate it!
Anyway, I have never hired someone before for something like this. I don't know if a working student would work since I don't have an open stall for boarding another horse (my friend was on pasture board since her horse freaks in stalls.) I will have more pasture board available when I fence off more of the back hill so that might be an option.
Here's what I was thinking and please let me know if this is a little unrealistic. I'm not sure what to do or ask or offer?
The going rate for barn help is 12 dollars an hour. I would look for someone that wants to show in English Pleasure, lower level jumping, dressage that doesn't have a horse of their own. I would offer they use Caleigh at no expense to them other than show fees and that way she's kept up to date in the disciplines she's trained in and she gets out as well. I will also get a show buddy and I would be happy to haul to shows. In return they get 12 dollars an hour to take care of my barn and animals when I'm out of town, ride Caleigh whenever they want to and when I'm in town help me keep up on stalls, turn out and bring in.
So basically they get paid to take care of my farm when I'm out of town and paid to help me when I'm home and they get a horse to ride and show. They would need to be a decent rider and able to carry three gaits walk trot canter and 17+.
Stalls, water buckets, and aisle way take about 2-3 hours. Feeding is about 30 minutes including bringing them in at night.