A few weeks ago, a cousin of mine called and had asked if I would be willing to give pony rides for their daughter's upcoming 10th birthday. I informed them that I had never done anything of the sorts but given that it was family, I might be willing to give it a try.
Cloey is a Haflinger cross who is my "go-to" girl for trails. I've had young riders on her before and she has been trailered for numerous events including my wedding. She's pretty laid back and excellent when it comes to simple lead-line stuff. I did insist that the daughter come over to "meet Cloey" the other day so that I could better gauge her horse experience and interaction prior to agreeing to do the pony rides for the main event. Would agreeing to give pony rides be a bad thing?
The family has offered to pay for the transportation costs the day of. They also wanted to know what they could offer me for my time. Since this would be my first attempt (and only because it's family), I don't know what really to say to this. I'm not planning on making this a career, I assure you. What would be considered adequate compensation for roughly 4-5 hours of my time (including trailer time, prep work, 5-10 kids, etc.) and keeping in mind that this is family?
Have you had any experience with this, good or bad? Thank you in advance.