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.
Last edited by amp23; 10-10-2011 at 04:21 PM.