I really, really need a job. The problem is, I am a horse snob so I am not willing to spring for a job at a fast food place unless it is my ABSOLUTE last resort. There are a few places very close to where I live, so I was thinking I could just stick a letter in their mailboxes and hope for a reply (at least at first, if after I week I don't get a response I'll just knock on their front door).
So the premise of this thread is my price. I am willing to just shovel poop, groom, help out in any way I am needed. I like to think I am pretty horse savvy, but I don't want to present myself as an assistant trainer or whatever. Because honestly I need more experience before I can advertise myself as such. I have exercised two horses for two different people before, one of which was a crazy mare with an even crazier owner. She had a major rearing problem. I worked with her and after about two weeks there was a significant improvement in her; there would be rides where she wouldn't even threaten to rear up on me. The second horse, I have only ridden twice so far but his owner is someone I consider to be a friend, and he is such a sweet boy. :) She is also paying me. I have no idea how much, but every little bit helps.
Still, I am realising that there are just so many things I need to buy and my parents do not have the money to spend right now.
So I am going to advertise as a stable hand/groom/stall-mucker-outer. How much should I charge? I was thinking $10 or $12 an hour. I would only be able to do about five hours a week, on the weekends, at least at first. I have my own horse to take care of, and a filly that I am training for my senior project. The poor little girl is too skinny, so I am also coming every night to feed her (and my horse) otherwise they won't get fed properly.
I digress. How does my price sound? Is that too much, or could I push for a little more? I am a very hard worker, even if I can be a bit clueless sometimes. I am also a bit OCD so if it isn't as close to perfect as possible, I snap. By the way, my area is the Blue Ridge Piedmont region, if that helps with the pricing at all.