My board bill runs a little over $400 month, but I work every cent off. This is what I do 4 days a week every week, plus I also fill in for other workers when needed which adds another 4 or five days to the month.
-Bring in all horses with stalls from turnout(11).
-Feed all stalled horses (13).
-Feel all pastured horses (11).
-Turnout, and blanket in winter.
-Hay all stalls, which takes forever because we have hay nets.
-Fill water in stalls.
-Clean barn aisle.
-Feed/Water barn cats.
-Walk to the back of the property and feed older/injured/retired horses (6). Takes forever because one horse is very geriatric and eats extremely slowly.
This is for PM feedings, in AM feedings I do things in different order since different horses have AM or PM turnout schedules.
I get paid $20 a job.
It generally takes me 2 1/2 hours, so you can do the math at how much I make an hour.
I think I am a little bit overworked as well because of just how manual this labor is. It is VERY tiring. Also, the BO usually has me do extra things (bring this horse in, turn this one out, etc) and some of the pastures are REALLY far from the barn!
But, I take it because it allows me to keep my horse.
I think the main question you need to ask yourself, "Is it worth it?"
Simple, but that's how I've figured that, to me, it is most definitely worth it.
Plus, it gives me a lot of horse experience.
"There's nothing more humbling on the planet than horses." --Sean Crocker
Last edited by Sunny; 11-09-2012 at 05:29 PM.