Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Hello, fellow Washingtonian! I am in Bellingham.
I have two stall cleaning jobs. I get $3.11 at one place where I do 20 stalls (10 stalls have attached runs which I clean for no extra) 3x a week, and at the other I get $2.50 per stall where I clean 5 stalls (all with runs.)
When looking for a horse job, do not start out with an asking price. Always negotiate until you have enough clientele or reputation to ask a set rate. When you think about a stall cleaning job, ask yourself, why do you want this job? Do you want money, or do you want the opportunity? Money, you will surely never get from stall cleaning. The job where I get $3.11 is the most I have ever been paid for cleaning.
I have worked for as little as FREE. Why? Because I want to be a professional horseperson. I get choosy with the barns I work for. I'm working for professionals, and I am cleaning their stalls for practically no pay but it is worth every second of my time. It gives me the opportunity to talk to professionals, ask them advice, talk about how they got to where they are and how I can maybe get there some day. I bring in some clients on occasion when the trainer has no time. At one stable I've started riding their horses to save them some time to spend with the ones who need extra training. Having the opportunity to meet people who show on a world class level is amazing and worth every ounce of effort I have put into it. The pay? It's just gas money to get me there, and maybe enough to spend on lunch if I go to McDonalds...
If you have enough time away from school and you want the experience or enjoyment of picking poop out of stalls for hours every morning just because you love it, do it. If you want the money? Your time is better spent elsewhere. You MIGHT get lucky and be able to find somewhere that pays hourly, but if you are not a speedy and efficient cleaner they won't keep you.
Good luck with whatever you decide.