Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Oh no, please don't tip them. That would make them feel like valets or something.
Depending on the barn you're at, attitudes can certainly vary. But in general, everybody at the barn is pitching in with the horses, the work, and helping each other out however they can. It's just what is done. You will be expected to help out as well as your skills and knowledge improve. If there's a group of teens who seem to be helping as a kind of job, then it's likely that they're trading this work towards discounted lessons or board. Let them do their job and thank them and be friendly.
If someone is going the extra mile to help you out, I'd bring in some goodies now and them to share - not just with the person you had in mind, but with everyone. Also ask the barn owner if it's OK to bring in treats for people to share for the horses as well (boxes of carrots and apples are always a hit).
Around Christmas time, have cards and goody baskets or a gift card to Dover or something like that prepared for anyone who really helped you out a lot that you'd like to thank a little extra. It doesn't need to be a lot. It's just good manners and graciousness.