Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
As an adult, you are responsible for making sure someone isn't taking advantage of you. By doing all the work she asked, you were letting her take advantage of you. That is your fault and not hers.
Not all employers are like that. In fact, most aren't. People can only take advantage of you if you let them. If you act the way you do, and take on more hours without ensuring you get more pay, you will likely find someone else who will do that.
The best thing to do when you find a job is get a contract. If you are full time you should get a weekly wage and weekly set hours. Ensure that it is a legal, fair amount, and don't go working heaps more without getting guaranteed compensation. If you are a casual worker then have a contract stating your hourly rate, if you have regular hours have them on there too, or discuss a way to accurately record your hours. Make sure you write down your hours and keep track of them yourself, so if you are paid the wrong amount you can pull them up on it.
I know there isn't a lot of work in Ireland at the moment, and the horse industry can be difficult to break into. If you miss horses that much you might be better off having a "normal" job and working at a stable in trade for lessons or something. Still, ensure you are not taken advantage of. Good luck.