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post #1 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation How much does a stable hand make?

Hi, I have been working as an assistant trainer/barn manager for a couple years now. I have not been being payed instead I get free board and lessons etc. Sadly the owner of the stable I work at is now selling the property and moving. So I am now looking for new work and do not now what to expect money wise. How much should I be making an hour as a full time stable hand? I live in Washington if that makes a difference. I am a very trust worthy and hard worker. I know it wont be to hard finding a job because the stable I have been working for is very well known and respected in this area and I know allot of people because of that.

Also if anyone has any other useful information that would be great!

Thank you!!
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 06:00 AM
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You'll MAYBE make $10/hour, but more likely to only get minimum wage. Stable work isn't considered skilled labor, so it's not high up there on the salary scale.
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 07:50 AM
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$1500 to $2500 a month, plus housing. Some grooms also get a cell phone paid, if the job requires it.
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post #4 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 08:12 AM
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^^^ that must be before taxes!

$8-$10 per hour, many places also give free housing and reduced or free board for one horse, sometimes lessons too.

When I was a full time barn manager at a pretty nice facility I had $1000/month after taxes, 5-7 lessons per week and free field board.
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 08:26 AM
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Go visit some stables and talk to the stable hands. When you do sign on have a written contract regarding hours, wages, accommodations, etc. Some are notorious for asking for all kinds of extra "little" things that encroach on personal time and no extra pay. If you do it you will soon find yourself a barn slave.
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Definitely get everything in writing, and legally. When I was working as a trainer and did some groom duties too, I was paid below minimum wage and did more work than I was getting paid for.

Let us know how your job search goes!

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post #7 of 16 Old 11-04-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much everyone all your comments were very helpful! Luckily there are even allot of places near by that may be looking for a stable hand. I am very hard working and have a great reputation so hopefully that can play into all this
Alrighty well thank you again and if anyone ells has any more advice it is very welcomed!
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-07-2013, 01:17 AM
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Don't settle for those minimum wage junk jobs. Be picky about who you will work for. Pick a trainer or competitor who is serious, has the backing, and can get you to good places. Check out their operation and choose to work for a manager who runs a tight barn. Well kept. Clean grooms. Decent vehicles. Serviceable tack.

Yeah, if you work for a larger operation you will have some co-worker drama. Being around people causes that. But, the upside is that there are more people to spread the work around and if you or someone else can't make it, there are more to share the extra. Also, you get more exposure to more ways of handling horses and general barn skills.

Good luck and have fun.
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post #9 of 16 Old 11-07-2013, 01:42 AM
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I worked as a groom in washington and I made 9.25 an hour.

IMO, It's better off to just get a retail or fast food job and make minimum wage and have more hours, than to work a few hours a day making a few cents more.
I prefer working a regular job now, and saving horses as my sport/relaxation time.
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-08-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Boots, Thank you for your input I totally will do that! luckily I live in an area where there are allot of really nice big stables :)

GamingGrrl, I am exactly the oposite I could never work at a fast food redterount! Nore could I because I will live in a tent before I live in the city haha. Thanks for your input though!
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