Originally Posted by QuietHeartHorses View Post
This is what I do daily, 4 days a week, for my $175 per month discount...
Clean and rake 8 stalls, sweep stall mats, put out hay and grain in each stall, and fill the water buckets. Sweep the center aisle, the office, the feed room, the tack room, and the bathroom. Fill all 4 troughs outside, bring hay bales in the barn, and occasionally clean the run-in sheds.
This is what it all adds up to... I work 4 days a week, every week, all month long. That is 16 days of work to earn $175 off of my board, which equals about $11 a day. I'm pretty sure I work a lot harder than I should have to. The problem is... I am the nicest, most accommodating person on the planet. Obviously, to my own demise. How do I get out of this situation without creating an issue?
If you think you're being cheated (maybe not the right word, but you get it) maybe have a polite talk with your BO about it? IMHO, I don't think you're working too hard for what you're getting...
Here's what my daily schedule (5 days per week) looked like for about 9 months before I had to move.
8:00 AM - wake up, shower, whatever
9:00 AM - feed all 13 horses in upper and lower barns
10:00 AM - hay fields, water troughs, turn out all 13 horses in their respective areas
11-1:00 PM - muck all 13 stalls, haul full barrows UP a RAMP to dump, bedding if needed hay, and water
Everything HAD to be done by a certain time. Mucking 13 stalls within two hours is a ridiculously difficult task, especially when you aren't used to that kind of labor. Not only did I do all that, but I also did odd jobs like raking/sweeping the aisles, cleaning tack, bathing horses, watering the arenas, etc. Board would have been $450/month. I would have been paid $10/hour if it wasn't for board. My workload comes out to at LEAST $800/month, if not more because of odd jobs. That's twice the amount that board costs.
Your situation could be MUCH worse, trust me.
I'm not using this as a "look at what I
had to do - pity me" kind of thing, but more as a comparison and saying "you're actually extremely lucky and things could be worse for you" thing. You know? I don't mind that I have to do all that work...it's good exercise now that I'm used to it. And it actually evens out NOW because training included, board actually IS $800/month XD
Still though, if you think something isn't right for you, try to work it out with your BO. Work it out money-wise...with your calculations for how much your work per hour should be worth and say she has to find someone else to do the other work or add something to make your work worth it?