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post #11 of 16 Old 06-20-2013, 01:20 PM
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A lot of barns do offer reduced barns or lessons in exchange for chores- if I were you, I would find a barn and take a few lessons, offer to help with chores, and once they see you are responsible then they might consider reduced board if you ask them about it. The barn I work at now, I'm leaving, but the owner is begging me to stay and has offered me free board, free riding time, etc if I stay. It really all depends on where you are.
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-20-2013, 01:31 PM
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I agree with alexischristina, the trouble with working for reduced board is that you will probably end up working much harder and much longer for the amount of board reduction than you would say, grabbing a minimum wage job and working one or two shifts a week for the equivalent compensation. Certainly, if you are on a budget, it would likely be easier to pick up an extra shift or two at a customer service/retail type position to pay for unexpected expenses than it would be to try to do the same thing at a barn, since your not actually being given payment at said barn.

So often in the work for board situations, the lines get blurred between business owner and customer and it begins to be easy for one to take advantage of the other, even if it's not done consciously, and it becomes much harder for you as the customer to leave the barn if necessary, without feeling like you are betraying your barn owner or leaving them short handed..
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You also need a backup plan. What happens if you get hurt and you can't work for a while? What if you and barn management have a falling out and you're sacked? You need a way to cover board for a while just in case something happens to either you or your arrangement.
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-20-2013, 01:49 PM
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-20-2013, 11:17 PM
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I've worked for barns before.. It just depends on te barn. One barn I worked for worked me to death. The other barn I never felt like I never did enough work!

I think it's fair if a barn asks you to pay feed/hay costs and then let's you work the rest off. It's a good compromise.. still cheap for you and they're not losing money :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-21-2013, 09:49 PM
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I actually work off my board, it's seven days a week, and it's hard work, I feed every morning at 8am sharp, and do stalls, but I don't have to pay for a thing except farrier and vet. The work is hard, but it's really worth it. I make my extra money schooling horses for outside people, doing extra work around the barn, horse sitting, dog sitting babysitting, really anyways I can because if you work at a barn, chances are, it's going to be hard to find a part time job. Though, if you have evening shift/morning shift, you can set your hours at your other job.

Not a lot of barn owners will work with you on board, i'm going to be honest here, few that will work with you on board will be fair about the situation. And maybe those that will wont have the best barn around town, but it's better than not having a horse/barn at all.

Working off my board is the only option for me to have a horse, I just got out of a situation where I was being taken advantage of because I knew more about basic training than the owner of the barn...I was overworked and I didn't get my board/work contract for a month because she kept avoiding it.

You're going to have to find someone who will sit down and work out a contract with you, with what the both of you thinks is fair on it, and give it to you before you move your horse in. If you do find a place, congrats, and i'm glad you're willing to work to have a horse! Just make sure everything is fair, and take things in advance, set up a certain number of hours, and asked to be paid for extra work, calculate your work hours to how much their other boarders pay for board to see if it's fair etc..

At any rate, good luck and sorry for the novel lol!! I hope it works out for you!
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