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    11-11-2013, 06:57 PM
Im 15 years old , I get $10 an hour and can work whenever I want , I only do stalls. Im not a people person and the barn I work for Im friends with them so ya Id rather work around horses and horse poo then anywhere else. Also I've got to stay after and help train horses (halter breaking foals) and some really cool stuff! :)
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    11-11-2013, 10:14 PM
I make $8 an hour, for my first job I'm pretty happy with it!
I too could never work at a fast food restaurant (unles I absolutley HAD to)
    11-11-2013, 10:26 PM
SweetTyree`, I am also 15. I didn't mention it in my post because some people might think of me differently "How could she be responsible, she's only 15" sort of stuff. I have been working at a stable for board for the last couple year. I work horses, clean stalls, feed, put out feed, move horses, catch horses for people, load horses in the trailer, drag paddocks with tractor, fix fence and tons more. I work more than full time most weeks and almost never get a day off. As some of the people mentioned in their comments on this post was to "make sure you write out a work schedule and what you will be doing" well I didn't do that and this is what happened... I am a very good worker and am very strong and trustworthy so hopefully I can find a job that can support me! Most people that know me think of me as more of a 35 year old! I look allot older than I am, act allot older than I am (In a good way) and am mentally allot older than 15.
    11-14-2013, 09:59 AM
Ya I get that all the time , then people see me deal with horses rearing and throwing a fit and immediately stop judging my age. That sounds like a lot of work just for board IMO I don't know because my horses live at home. I would think you could make at least 10$ a hour or a bit more , or maybe pay half your board and work for the other half?
Since im working for a friend who is older , has a full time job etc. She was like "make sure you write down your hours , I don't want to loose a friendship over something silly like someone getting screwed over." So keep that in mind if you end up working for someone you know , that you both understand and make some sort of a contract! :)
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    11-17-2013, 08:48 PM
I work 6 days a week at a private barn, they have 7 horses. I clean 4 stalls, re-bed, fresh water, refill the hay bags, let out the foal and dam, and ride one of the horses to keep in condition. My pay is $35 a day for 3 to 3 and a half hours....
    11-18-2013, 12:21 AM
Write up a really good resume and cover letter for any barn you might go to work at- even if it isn't an official hire on sort of deal, it shows maturity and responsibility. $10 an hour is pretty average in general and for WA. Before you shake hands with anyone though, make sure everything is down in writing and signed by everyone involved. Keeps things less fuzzy.

Side note: I understand your dilemma as a younger girl trying to make it in a workspace where experience is key. I was doing all of that at 13 but it was very much kept on the DL at my barn as many boarders didn't like the look of such a young one handling their horses. It gave me plenty of great experiences that money can't buy though ;) Just keep doing your thing and as years pass you'll gain more of that respect that frankly only time will give.

Good luck job hunting
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