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    12-30-2009, 05:35 PM
Tell me about your Ranch Hands!

Whether your a barn owner or a boarder you can help.

What do you think about your ranch hands?
How many are there?
How old are they?
How often do they work?
Are they "contract" labor or employees (meaning are they paid under the table?)
Do they have alot of experience?
Are they reliable?
Do they commute or do they live on site?
How much are they paid?
Do they receive any benefits?
Do they work holidays?
What is your barn's absent policy?
Do they speak english?
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    12-31-2009, 01:18 AM

What do you think about your ranch hands?

Love them! .
How many are there?
3 (officially) my kids help out occasionally as well. Well its me who does the brunt of the guess I better be happy w/my work! I have another girl who works w/me M-F. And another Girl for the weekends
My hubby is on hand on occasion as well, when he's not busy out in the fields( we operate a grain farm as well)

How old are they?

I'm more than 30. My Main girl is 24. And the girl on weekends is 16

How often do they work?
My Main girl as I said works M-F, and I have a weekend girl Sat/Sun

Do they have alot of experience?

Yes, for the most part. The weekend girl has basic knowledge, but has common sense which you can't teach....She is a quick learner, and isn't afraid to ask questions (this is huge asset IMO). My M-F girl has lots of experience, her only problem is she gets stressed easily if things don't go "right"

Are they reliable?

Yes, both are on time, work hard, and will even show up sick!!!!

Do they commute or do they live on site?

Weekend girl commutes. My M-F girl lives on site...we have a cute older farm house on property for her.

How much are they paid?

They are on salary. It works out to around 15/hour. Now this is based on a 40hr work week, of course there is going to be over we bank time, and they can take any time they are owed when they need...i.e if they need to schedule doc appointment, or need an afternoon off for whatever reason. Plus the hours in winter tend to be shorter, so it all balances out in the end.

Do they receive any benefits?

Not yet, but I'm working on it. I recently just got workers comp for them. Here that wasn't available for agriculture workers until this past year

Do they work holidays?

No...I try not to have that happen. If it does...they get a day in return.

What is your barn's absent policy?

Not sure what you mean by this meaning if the don't show up? Not sure hasn't happened yet

Do they speak english?

Lol...sorry made me laugh. But yes
    12-31-2009, 02:46 PM
What do you think about your ranch hands? I like them all really. Except for one, she's a boarder who occasionally comes out and helps on weekends. Once she starts talking, she just keeps going and going and going.....but that's not say I hate her. She's just a little clingy.
How many are there? We have five solid employees, and a lot of the lesson kids come out and help as well.
How old are they? Andrea is eighteen,Sam is in her mid twenties, Meghan is in her early thirties, and we have a new boy who I don't know the name of yet. He's sixteen or seventeen.
How often do they work? The new boy works three days a week, Andrea works five days a week, Meghan works six, and Sam works seven.
Are they "contract" labor or employees (meaning are they paid under the table?) I think they're paid as 1099 workers, so they have to pay their own taxes.
Do they have alot of experience? Except for the new boy, they all have plenty of experience.....But as far as I know, he only mucks stalls, he does not have contact with the horses.
Are they reliable? Yes!
Do they commute or do they live on site? Sam lives on site, everyone else commutes.
How much are they paid? No idea
Do they receive any benefits? I don't believe so
Do they work holidays? Sam works every day, I believe Meghan does work holidays, the others I have no idea.
What is your barn's absent policy? I have no idea. I don't even think we have one.
Do they speak english? Yes, all of them speak it very well.
    12-31-2009, 05:16 PM
How many horses do you guys have under your care?

If your help lives on site.. how much are they paid? How has that worked out?
    12-31-2009, 11:01 PM
I have 10 horses personally right now (that will fluctuate depending on how many babies we have on the ground), but the most I have had are 14 at one time.
I then have 20 Boarders. 10 of which are pasture board, the other 10 is stalled. My full time girl has her horse here as well.
So we have in total 31 horses here.

The house is kinda a the sense that she is working a lot of hours, but isn't paying rent, so its kinda a trade off. The house she has to live in would cost about $800/month (at least) to rent anywhere else so its a good deal IMO. She is responsible for utilities above that... such as hydro, internet, cable/satellite, and phone.

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