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        08-16-2012, 04:37 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    My neighbors TRY to pay me, but I don't take it - I prefer the 'swap sitting method', too..LOL! I've cared for as many as 6 horses at a time (including the house pets - fish, dogs, birds, etc) for as long as 4 weeks (2x day feeding) and she has always offered to pay about $200 for the entire thing - I don't know if that is a good rate or not - each visit to feed took an entire 15 minutes and she lives only half a mile away so.......
         
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        08-16-2012, 04:43 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    ARRGG I do have one bad story to tell....

    Another neighbor had yet another neighbor feed their mare and foal while they she was gone - she wrote down instructions to the teeth on who was to have what (she fed a mixture of stuff) and what we think happened, is they read the instructions one time - got a couple of things switched around (basically the calf manna and the horse feed) and ended up feed the calf manna in huge amounts with only a handful of horse feed.

    I found the mare septic with purple gums in the pasture about 4 days later (she had shut down) and she was euthanized that day. Her foal was only 4 months old.

    She and I talked and talked about this for days on wether or not she should tell them what they had done to her horse - they were such nice people and the mare was a lame older mare that couldn't find a home anyway so it wasn't like a huge sentimental or financial loss. In the end, she chose to keep the friendship and we will never speak of it again AND they will never horse sit again......
         
        08-16-2012, 05:17 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I watch people's places around me when they have to travel. I get $30/day, stay at their place, and get an additional fee if I'm to excercise the horses just as if I was working regularly. That isn't included in the sitting fee. I generally get some sort of tip.

    I get a lot of work and referrals because I make sure to clean their house and whatever barn they have before they come back. I also make sure to leave something homemade to eat. I just have to know their preferences a bit. Some like breads or pastries, others soups or stews or a casserole.
    That and I can drive tractors, do small repairs, and general first aid if needed. But, the women mostly appreciate a clean house and some food ready. And the women seem to have the most influence on who they will allow to stay in their homes.
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        08-17-2012, 01:21 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I pay a girl at my barn 10 dollars a day to check on her, clean her stall check water. If she works her I pay more. I hire her at least once a month.
         
        08-17-2012, 01:38 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    My wife "horse sits" for a family once in a while, mainly when they go out of town. She gets paid $40/day or $25 for morning chores and $15 for letting the horses in at night and getting their feed ready for morning.

    If we need to have someone watch ours, we ask her brother. He likes to fish and can do that here. We also give him some beer and he's good to go. Our horses are out 24/7 so all he needs to do is check their water and make sure they don't escape. He also feeds our dogs while he's here.
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        08-17-2012, 12:27 PM
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    Thank you Critter Sitter...things to think about. Appreciate the stories too
    your very welcome.. I wish you the best of luck
         
        08-17-2012, 12:29 PM
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    I watch people's places around me when they have to travel. I get $30/day, stay at their place, and get an additional fee if I'm to excercise the horses just as if I was working regularly. That isn't included in the sitting fee. I generally get some sort of tip.

    I get a lot of work and referrals because I make sure to clean their house and whatever barn they have before they come back. I also make sure to leave something homemade to eat. I just have to know their preferences a bit. Some like breads or pastries, others soups or stews or a casserole.
    That and I can drive tractors, do small repairs, and general first aid if needed. But, the women mostly appreciate a clean house and some food ready. And the women seem to have the most influence on who they will allow to stay in their homes.
    wow will you come house/pet sit for me??? WOW you do Alot for very little
         
        08-17-2012, 12:43 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Yeah.... I want to hire you and I'm not going anywhere!

    $30 a day to clean the house, barn AND cook? Oh heck, move on in!!
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        08-17-2012, 01:58 PM
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    yeah.... I want to hire you and I'm not going anywhere!

    $30 a day to clean the house, barn AND cook? Oh heck, move on in!!
    get in line LOL I'm first
         
        08-17-2012, 02:24 PM
      #20
    Foal
    I hate trusting the care of my horses to anyone other than my mom or grandpa.. ha Even then.. I don't like to. If they're not available, I find a way to be there to do it myself.

    As far as doing it for others.. I WISH the people in my life would pay me. Honestly.. I enjoy doing my own chores. It gives me a break from people and I get to be with my animals. Everyone always wants to swap chores though, yeah, I get the economy sucks, but still. My aunt, for instance, asked me to take care of her horses over the weekend.. Ok, cool.. But instead of giving me money, she's falling over herself trying to see when I want her to do mine. I don't want her to. I don't know how to tell her that it'd be nicer just to get a $20 bill without sounding like a jerk.
         

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