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Is there a way to get free board in exchange for working

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    08-22-2011, 09:20 PM
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Foal
Is there a way to get free board in exchange for working

I might be leasing a paint gelding for free but board is so expensive I don't know what to do.
     
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    08-22-2011, 09:55 PM
  #2
Showing
First off, welcome to the forum . I would suggest that you look around at boarding stables to see which one has the things you want/need and whether they would be willing to make a deal with you. Some will, others won't. You'll need to make sure you have a place you can afford to keep the horse before you even consider bringing him home.
     
    08-23-2011, 12:07 PM
  #3
Weanling
Welcome! Be sure to consider other costs also. If you can't afford board, make sure you can afford medical emergencies, routine vet and hoof care etc.

Some places let you work off board as smrobs said and some don't. You'll have to ask in your area. Also look at pasture board as its less expensive.
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    08-23-2011, 12:15 PM
  #4
Foal
If you do find a place that will let you work off the board, get it in writing. Have everything spelled out as far as what is expected of you and what your horse will get in return.

Agree about the expenses. Make sure you can afford a horse's upkeep before you go any farther. There is no such thing as a "free horse".
     
    08-23-2011, 12:26 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I work off half my board.
Odd farm jobs, training babies, riding for my trainer, announcing at shows, riding for her in shows, fixing fences, cleaning tack, the list goes on.
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    08-23-2011, 12:34 PM
  #6
Yearling
Instead of working at the farm to pay off board, perhaps it would be more beneficial to get a job somewhere else? I would compare the benefits of both before making a decision.
     
    08-23-2011, 12:36 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by AQHA13    
Instead of working at the farm to pay off board, perhaps it would be more beneficial to get a job somewhere else? I would compare the benefits of both before making a decision.
Agreed, AQHA.

It's difficult enough for a BO to make money so very few are willing to let some stranger work off board, especially when they don't know this person or how reliable they might be. Plus, they could very well be stuck with the horse if the person flakes on them, or the horse has to go without proper vet/farrier/dental care because the owner is so money poor. That's not a position I'd want to be in as a BO.
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    08-23-2011, 01:17 PM
  #8
mls
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
It's difficult enough for a BO to make money so very few are willing to let some stranger work off board, especially when they don't know this person or how reliable they might be.
YES!

I feed, turn out and clean before 6:30 a.m. Our evening chores are done after 8 p.m. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to ride without the distractions feeding time can offer.

It would not be fair to have someone 'working' those hours.
     
    08-25-2011, 11:24 AM
  #9
Foal
board exchange

Im currently looking for a working student at my dressage facility, I need someone who will help with barn chores, and am willing teach them and keep their horse, Can you tell me where you are located, our facility is the best and has everything you could want and need for your horse, check out Cheshirehorsehills.com we are very close to DC and Alexandria VA is southern Maryland or give me a call 301-372-6302, Kathleen Avillion
     
    08-26-2011, 10:53 PM
  #10
Yearling
There are places here and there that may give discounts, but to be able to work off board in complete is rare.
Also, I can't see a barn owner signing any kind of long term agreement. What if you turned out to be a shoddy worker or unreliable?
So BO could change her mind at anytime, and all of a sudden you have to come up with money.. fast.
I agree with the other posters. If you can get a discount, great. But if you can't afford it without the discount.. then you really can't afford it at all.
     

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