Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Alberta, Canada
When I was 16 years old, my girlfriend had a leased horse for the summer. Her dad paid for it. My dad wouldn't, so I approached the barn owner and asked if there was a way I could lease a horse too, and work for it?
For that summer, I had a mare just for myself, but rarely had time to ride her. Thi s is what I did for my leased horse.
I would be at the barn at 0600 hrs to feed the horses.
While they ate, I would clean out the waterers.
Then the ones with blankets on would have the blankets removed.
Turn out the horses that were to be turned out.
Place the blankets over the fence and beat them clean.
Clean 21 box stalls, moving horses into the aisle if necessary.
Sweep the asile clean, then keep it clean if any of the boarders dirtied it.
Set up the evening grain in the trolly. (wheeled trolly, a godsend!)
Brush the lesson horses.
Clean the saddles and bridles for the lesson horses.
After lessons, wipe off bits, put away the tack, rub down the horses.
Evening feed, evening hay.
Bring in the horses from the field, put on blankets.
Sweep the aisle one last time, then head home for supper at 1800 hrs.
12 hour day there. That was for full board on a leased horse. That was the agreement I made as a 16 year old girl with general experience. I learned a LOT from this barn, and actually got to go to the horse shows (which required me to be at the barn at 0500 hrs), learned how to properly groom for shows, braid, re-braid, be the gopher, etc.
What you agree with the barn owner is what you're able to do and what they are willing to accept.
Sometimes I wrestle with my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.