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post #21 of 41 Old 10-10-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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I explained in my last post that it isn't barely making budget, and I already have a savings fund. I can pay full board, I would rather save where I can! If I can save 75$ that can be added into the savings fund, buy a new blanket, etc. It isn't imperative for the board to be at that price to have a horse for me.

That makes a lot of sense. They only keep 10-ish horses, which isn't a lot to manage. But a barn with 20+ horses may very well be willing to help pay. Or I could advertise my services directly to boarders and use that money to help pay off board. Hmm... it is definitely worth considering. I could even work at 2 to 3 barns for a little bit each week for assisted 'dirty' chores or working when help is short. Thank you for bringing that up!
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If I read this correctly, you dont have a horse yet? I think most of us want to dive into owning a horse with out thinking of the future. You have no idea how your life will be after college. How much time will you actually have to ride after classes, your part time job, and working off board? I think you might be getting in over your head, especially if you can only board for 150-175 a month IMO. I've seen this happen a lot and people have to sell the horse or they do poorly in school. Just something to think about.

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i just read your post right before mine...

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post #24 of 41 Old 10-10-2011, 05:18 PM
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When I moved my horse to a different barn, the first time I met with the BO we discussed price, amenities, etc, and I just straight up asked if she would be willing to have a boarder work off some board. She knew I worked at another Stable, so I'm not afraid of getting dirty and really helping out. She was also looking for someone to help out when she and a few boarders/riders are off at shows, and I became that person. You just have to be honest with them about what exactly you're looking to help out with and how much you are looking to possibly work off (if they ask). For me, it ended up very well.. My guy is now used as a lesson horse and I feed everytime I go ride (3-4x a week) and feed on weekends when she is out of town. Regular board is $350, they are all out on 100 acres 24/7 with feedings 2x a day, and I am paying $200. If there is something my horse needs done, say have an ointment put on him, she is willing to do that for me when I cannot make it out.

EDIT: I am also a college student just trying to save some money so I completely understand where you're coming from.

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post #25 of 41 Old 10-10-2011, 05:21 PM
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I explained in my last post that it isn't barely making budget, and I already have a savings fund. I can pay full board, I would rather save where I can! If I can save 75$ that can be added into the savings fund, buy a new blanket, etc. It isn't imperative for the board to be at that price to have a horse for me.

That makes a lot of sense. They only keep 10-ish horses, which isn't a lot to manage. But a barn with 20+ horses may very well be willing to help pay. Or I could advertise my services directly to boarders and use that money to help pay off board. Hmm... it is definitely worth considering. I could even work at 2 to 3 barns for a little bit each week for assisted 'dirty' chores or working when help is short. Thank you for bringing that up!
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Now, the voice of a mom....please do not advertise on Craigslist.......I am sure you know that. You might think about posting something in tack shops, bulletin boards at barns, etc. If you do English would you also be capable of things like excercising, braiding, clipping, etc? If so advertise that too, but probably not in the same add. How about like a "petsitting" type thing for Bo's? All sorts of possibilities, just be careful. Your friend may also know some people who are looking for help if she is in the area.

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post #26 of 41 Old 10-10-2011, 06:08 PM
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Where in AZ do you live? Man, you are describing some wonderful stuff (the barn with an indoor, etc.) and where I live in AZ we don't have that for as cheap!!

Anyway, I see nothing wrong with asking for a "discount" by working everything off yourself. I do that. I boarded somewhere first where we fed and cleaned half of the time and our board was only $175/ month, and that included hay, large stall, pasture turnout, wash rack, tack room, and use of an arena. We ended up moving about a year later because the arena there was a neighborhood arena and I had to be with a resident in order to ride, and finding somebody to ride with was proving to be a challenge.

We ended up moving to practically the next street over. When we toured the place we flat out told the BO that we couldn't afford to pay that much. We told them how we worked off board at our previous place and we were there for about 1 1/2 years, so we had experience working. They ended up taking about $150 total off of our board for 2 horses. I have found that when you are honest up front about your intentions and have proof that you are capable of working, BOs are willing to work with you, too.
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post #27 of 41 Old 10-10-2011, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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I live in the valley, but looking at boarding around Queen Creek/Chandler area, MUCH cheaper!

Since I won't be boarding for another 1-3 months, I think volunteering or working at that barn before hand to show I am reliable, responsible, and able to work may help quite a bit.
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You never know what can be arranged until you ask, but I think if I was a BO I would be a little bit suspicious of a new person who was trying to talk down her board.

I suppose it depends on what the pressure is like on space there, as well as if they want/need help, if they don't need any help then they may become wary of you if they have other people who are not worrying about reducing costs up front, it just seems an odd way to start a relationship to me.

But as I say unless you ask you'll never know, just be prepared for any outcome.
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post #29 of 41 Old 10-10-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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I am trying to tour the place tonight, and won't ask for reduction. I want to get to know her, get the feel, and meet the horses. I will ask for a volunteer position to be more integrated before I need the stall to see what she says.

If I like it there after spending a few weeks there, and I find that they do need excessive help, then I will ask if I can continue chores for lowered board. If it's a no and I like the place, then it's fine, I can do work elsewhere to help lower it.
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post #30 of 41 Old 10-10-2011, 07:41 PM
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That sounds like a good plan, good luck!
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