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    04-29-2011, 06:04 PM
  #11
Foal
If a ran a barn I would not offer it to my boarders because of the reason mls mentioned. Plus I think it would just make the math more complicated. However if I had the opportunity as a horse owner to work off my board I surely would!
     
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    05-03-2011, 06:19 PM
  #12
Weanling
A lot of stables do this. Especially during these times when they know that many people are struggling with money. My old trainer has a couple people working off partial board. They feed and clean half the stalls a few times a week. She has also been known to do full work board for a select few people. It never hurts to ask, and especially if it is a smaller sized place even more likely cause would probably enjoy the help.
     
    05-08-2011, 12:50 PM
  #13
Foal
I used to work off my board, and while it can be a great option, I can only advice anyone interested in this to be very clear about what and how much work will be expected in return for how much board, lessons, training or such. In my case, it hasn't been clear at all, and I was asked to do more and more work. About 15 hours a week for $300 board was common. In the end, the only solution was to get away from the place entirely, which was unfortunate, since I liked the facility.
     
    05-08-2011, 01:22 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Agreed, make sure you're very clear. I've had it work wonderfully for me, at a professional Dressage barn where I basically took over as a "manager" of sorts and just became her right hand woman and trusted individual to handle affairs while she was gone to clinics and such. However, I dedicated myself as a regular worker, so basically instead of wages it paid for my board on two horses.

For Shay-la, it ended disastrously, with the woman taking ridiculous advantage of her. Nothing was agreed upon, just a random 10 hours a month to cover board and basically it just turned into the woman giving us some sob story why she couldn't do chores, or unload hay or work with a dangerous horse and every single time we went out to ride, Shay-la got roped into doing chores because of it (and I'd end up helping to make it go faster).

So yes, a lot of smaller barns are grateful for the help, often a chunk of your board is above and beyond the actual cost of food and if they don't have stable hands, it's nice to get that extra help to relieve some of the pressure of them. Just make sure you're VERY clear about expectations!
     
    06-29-2011, 07:20 PM
  #15
Weanling
If I wanted to work to get money off of my board I would get $1 a stall! Not worth the time at my place my lady is a royal b-word
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    06-30-2011, 01:27 AM
  #16
Yearling
I worked off board for a while, but as someone else posted... The work just became more and more and soon enough I was babysitting and exercising sale horses and doing pony rides blah blah blah without any extra compensation. I got royally taken advantage of.
     
    06-30-2011, 07:55 PM
  #17
Foal
I work at the barn Sam is boarded at. I like the way we do it, because it makes it much more flexible. I work 2 days a week, mucking stalls, working with young horses and riding a couple of her horses. She pays me each time I work instead of taking it off of his board. I think this works better. We have a set price for each task that I do, so much for cleaning stalls, working with the young horses and riding. I love doing it, I am finally getting to work with horses the way that I wanted to.

But, like everyone else has said, make sure you know what is expected for how much money. And stick to it.
     
    07-02-2011, 06:07 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I pay off half my board by doing odd-jobs. Like, fixing fences, cleaning tack, cleaning their house, and training babies. But I'm pretty close to my trainer, and I'm giving her 25% of my horse's sale (seeing as he'll only be there a maximum of 3 more months). Some barns don't allow it, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
     
    07-10-2011, 10:25 PM
  #19
Green Broke
As a barn owner I've tried making deals, I seem to get ripped off every time. It was a lot of no call/no show, so I'm rushing to get things done at the last minute, not being paid board or always later & later, unsafe horse handling practices etc. Meanwhile their horses were still getting top notch care.
I just do it myself now, less headaches.
     

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