Originally Posted by futuredoctor
At the barn where I ride there are several girls who work there. They are young (about my age, 16, 17, 18ish). They are very helpful and help me tack up, groom the horses, and get acquainted with the equipment. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tip these people.
Usually this is part of what they are expected to do, and often they are "paid" in lessons and not money. The only time I have paid dollars is when I have asked for something out of the normal range of activities, such as washing and tying up my horse's tail for the winter.
Especially for brand new riders, part of learning to ride is tacking up and grooming the horse. So this is really part of the lesson. Usually the trainer doesn't want to do this and has barn help provide that information.
And I agree that tipping for that might be seen as snobby or trying to impress with money.