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    04-11-2011, 11:07 AM
I have to respectfully disagree (although I think lessons are always more beneficial than just riding). In 2 barns I know of younger kids (12+/- yo) were allowed to ride as a "pay" for help, not actual lessons. But of course it depends on barn.
I've also been allowed to ride by myself and have seen others allowed to as well. I agree that lessons are more beneficial than just riding though, I learned that the hard way!
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    04-11-2011, 04:30 PM

Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I have to respectfully disagree (although I think lessons are always more beneficial than just riding). In 2 barns I know of younger kids (12+/- yo) were allowed to ride as a "pay" for help, not actual lessons. But of course it depends on barn.
Yeah I already have lessons. Plus I ride english at the equestrian center now and at Hickory stables they do more of western stuff but it doesn't really matter because I just want to ride!!!
    04-11-2011, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the answers everyone!!! My mom is most likely to take me there on April 13, 2011 so if you have any other opinions or answers I can still use them!!!!!
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    04-13-2011, 07:38 PM
I can still use answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    04-13-2011, 07:39 PM
I can still use answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    04-14-2011, 11:39 AM
I already went up there but Ginger wasn't home so I talked to her husband and he was really nice and I gave him my first and last name and my home phone number and she might call me back, but if she doesn't then me and my mom are going up there tomorrow on Friday. It's 4/15/11
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    04-15-2011, 02:45 AM
I do work in exchange for riding, and it's worked out pretty well, although there are always issues.

I feed on Saturday mornings, every week at 7 am. I feed roughly 30 horses hay, stablemix, or a mixture of these and grain, and 2 horses get their own completely custom mixes. Then I clean all of their waterers, and clean almost all of their stalls, take blankets off, so roughly 3 -4 hours of work depending on how fast I get it all done. The barn has a wild mustang, and several "problem" horses ranging from aggressive to spooky, to door darters, or that I have to turn out and then catch in order to clean their stalls. So I would rate my work at 10 dollars an hour, because a person doing this would have to have a fair amount of experience to handle some of these animals. So 40 dollars a week, or 160 dollars a month.

In exchange I get to ride this morgan gelding with a "mind of his own". No one else rides him, he's very hot and testy. It takes me a half hour of crap before I even get a decent ride out of him. And I maybe ride once a week, so the owner of the facility is getting a way better deal than I am, I can't get a lesson out of her if it kills me.

So just know that in many cases, this is what happens. You end up working your butt off for something that ends up not being a very even exchange. I like horses so I don't mind doing it, but it's not even close to an equal exchange.
    04-15-2011, 06:45 AM
Yup you never get a good exchange for it. I work my butt off too and get to board my horse for nothing. The cost of boarding is 50 euro a week. I work 18-30 hours a week depending on the week. So if I was getting paid I should be getting over 200 a week. And if I miss a day due to being sick etc I have to work an extra day.
    04-15-2011, 08:04 AM
I wouldn't say you never get a good exchange. A while ago my cousins and I took lessons with a very nice girl and we cleaned a few stalls (at the most five) and watered (the whole barn) we got $10 dollars off our already cheap lesson price.

She had to stop giving lessons, though.
    04-15-2011, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the answers everyone I think I'm going up in a half an hour or so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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