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post #21 of 34 Old 09-22-2013, 11:39 PM
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When I was waiting tables, there were a couple of hostesses that were under 16. As someone else said, there were limits on how many hours they could work and how late they could work, but it was a job.

You'd have to check around to make sure you knew what all it was legal for you to do, but another couple of things that nobody has mentioned is a dog walker and a private maid. There are a lot of elderly folks or people who work a lot of hours that just have someone come in to clean their houses for them once or twice a week. BUT, you'd be working with chemicals so I'm not sure that would be legal for someone your age.
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post #22 of 34 Old 09-23-2013, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Tangos Girl View Post
My bad! It dose not cover fairer costs. This is what the monthly boarding price covers: (copy pasted form their website)

AM/PM water and feed (Owner supplied hay, no need to haul though I order once a month and it is great hay at a good price)
Daily turn out/in (blankets/masks/spray as needed)
Daily stall cleaning with soft white shavings
All day turn-out. Morning until dusk daily.
Your grain fed up to 2 times daily
Your meds, shots, wormers given when needed
In that case you have a lot more to think about as well. You will have to factor in a monthly budget for feed, farrier, shots, and worming. Just keep this in mind when calculating your monthly/yearly expenses, and keep these things (feed especially) in mind when selecting a boarding stable. The $300/month place may not actually be cheaper than the $450/month location that includes grain, wormer, and baccinations in the cost. You'll need to know approximately how much the horse will eat, and be aware of how high those various costs can run.
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post #23 of 34 Old 09-23-2013, 01:13 PM
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AM/PM water and feed (Owner supplied hay, no need to haul though I order once a month and it is great hay at a good price)
Daily turn out/in (blankets/masks/spray as needed)
Daily stall cleaning with soft white shavings
All day turn-out. Morning until dusk daily.
Your grain fed up to 2 times daily
Your meds, shots, wormers given when needed
so for 300$ they feed the horse hay and grain you pay for, deworm with product you buy, clean the stall and blanket. You may want to factor in a budget like this:

$300 basic fee + $100-$300 hay costs + $40(ish) grain + $70-$100 a month(average) for dewormer/shots/farrier

so you are paying $510- $740 a month, not including routine vet bills, replacing tack, emergency care, etc.

You can work fast food, do cleaning, mow lawns, walk dogs, babysit, odd jobs, such as painting, find a barn that lets you muck stalls, and a number of other jobs. I detailed cars for neighbors, worked hauling boxes for a consignment shop, and did jobs for friends and neighbors like cleaning chicken coups, weeding gardens, etc. I also volunteered to do many jobs at home above my chores, which my parents paid me for.

I bought my first horse at 15, with money I had saved, and paid for my horses all through high school, my parents have never contributed.
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post #24 of 34 Old 09-23-2013, 02:40 PM
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I have always worked in restaurants to support my horses. Like BlueSpark, I purchased my first horse at fifteen, have been a horse owner since then, and have supported them by waiting tables... It isn't glamourous, but it works...
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post #25 of 34 Old 09-23-2013, 03:01 PM
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People have given you some really good ideas! I worked on farms (not sure that's possible in your situation though) when I was 14 because no place would hire me and did odd jobs and even now to get money off of my bored by working there or even barter for tack or to borrow some. You would be surprised at what you can barter. I would also have a back up fund just in case. Also (even though it's not really about jobs but it saved me money in the long run!) learn how to give your own vaccines. Have someone knowledgeable teach you in person, once you can give them on your own you will save a ton of money/hassle in vet bills to give the standard vaccines. (Though depending on your state you may not be able to give rabies and some others, but check the life spans of those with your vet and they can give it accordingly.) Some old wives tales work too so for first aid (that doesn't need immediate vet attention) you can save some money by finding ones that work! Just basic first aid knowledge has helped me save major $$$$ when one of my animals got hurt (abscesses... fun haha) and I was broke. (Though of course it was nothing major, just stuff that cleared up in a week or so.) Good luck! :)
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post #26 of 34 Old 09-23-2013, 03:13 PM
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I always worked off board or training at the barn. As suggested, I would try to find rough board if the horse doesn't need a stall. Also ask around because someone might have an open stall or spot on their private farm. I personally don't care for big, all breed boarding places.

I would strongly consider leasing instead of taking on a huge financial responsibility by yourself. It's not fair to the horse (or any animal) if something happens and you can't afford an emergency, medical condition or lose interest.

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post #27 of 34 Old 09-23-2013, 03:45 PM
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Keep in mind some things...

1. Horses don't ways cost "just board". In fact they are usually more than just board. Shoes/trims, deworming, vaccines, odds and ends that you need. Not to mention the possibility of a big injury that you may need to buy supplies for or call the vet out for.
2. The barn doesn't care if you can't find chores to earn money with, or had to study so couldn't work, or that you couldn't get a ride or whatever. The bill is still due, regardless if you were able to earn enough or not.
3. Your little jobs may end up giving you enough money for the board, but you're probably still depending on a ride to and from the barn.
4. Your jobs may give you enough money for the board but you may have to do so many of them that you won't have time to ride.
5. At 14, you very well may still need lessons. Lessons aren't free!

What happens if you can't find work?
What about in a few years when you hit 18? Are your parents expecting you to move out then? Would you be able to afford living expenses and a horse?
Planning on going to college? Will you be taking the horse along? How will you move him and pay for it? How will you pay for board?

If you're able to strong together some amount of money, taking a lot of lessons or part leasing may be more manageable for you than your own horse.
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post #28 of 34 Old 09-23-2013, 09:21 PM
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Instead of making money to pay for board, have you ever looked at working at the boarding facility itself and work in exchance of board? I have seen a lot of younger teens work hard in exchange of board for horses.
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post #29 of 34 Old 09-24-2013, 02:38 PM
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I wanted to also throw out that if you do work off board, be sure to arrange for a signed contract... Lots of people don't get fair pay for the work they do in these situations.
However, based on what you posted, it sounds like that's a bit out of the price range of odd jobs...
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post #30 of 34 Old 09-24-2013, 06:46 PM
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I did not read the whole thread, but would your parents be willing to help at all?
Say you get a job to support board, would they help with extras? Farrier, seasonal shots, emergencies, etc? It's nice to have a cushion of money, but will be very hard to do because at 14 your horse will probably take up most of your income!

I think most places you can work at your age. I worked at a drycleaner and fed/mucked stalls at the barn throughout high school to pay for my horses board.
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