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post #21 of 24 Old 08-17-2012, 02:45 PM
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I feed for our entire farm in the evenings, which includes my mare and 43 other miniature horses, donkeys, and horses. It takes me about an hour and a half to do that and refill waters (when needed) since about 20 of them are on grain and suppliments- and its over a large area. That earns me free pasture board for my mare, acess to the farm's cart and harness whenever I want, and acess to ride on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In a way I guess that would be considered 'horse sitting' since I check all of them for injury, feed, water, etc every day. I calculated how much I'd be earning if I were to be paid instead of bartering, and I think it equalled about $35 per day. Ofcourse, thats a huge amount of animals and I doubt you'd be doing that as a service, but just in case you wanted to know ;)

I've also farm-sat for people around my area a few times, and my rate is $30 per day for two visits, feeding, mucking/turnout , inspecting for injury, and watering. I generally am not asked to exercise the horses unless their owners will be gone for more than a week, but when I am, I usually ask $10 a head for a 45 minute session on the horse. I always schedual a day a few days in advance to go over feeding, scheduals, and work outs with the owner though, and make sure to have a 'tour' of where things are so that I don't mix anything up or have to bother them on vacation.

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post #22 of 24 Old 08-17-2012, 03:18 PM
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What is the average for pet sitting? I've never had someone pet sit for us, but now with 3 dogs and 2 horses it looks like we're going to have to hire someone in October for 5 days. They'd be walking the dogs 4 x's a day, feeding and giving water twice a day.
For the horses they only need to grain at night with enough hay to last until late afternoon the following day. Plus dump the auto-waterer trough once daily. Horses are out 24/7

It doesnt help that I live in a remote location. How much is reasonable to charge for all that care?
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post #23 of 24 Old 08-17-2012, 05:43 PM
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I horse sit all the time. It's accually my only access to horses! I love horse sitting for people and have never had any problems with owners and they trust me a lot. I brush them, feed them, pick their hooves, sometimes the owners want me to exercise them (rarely though). But heck, I love it! I'd do it for free! But I usually get paid $5-10 per day......but I don't care about the money. I love working with horses and accually built a lot of relationships with horses who will run accross the pasture the first sight of me. And they always remember who I am!
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-17-2012, 06:17 PM
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I kind of critter sit, I don't stay with them but do feeding, turn out, clean stalls. I did this morning in fact. I do chores for friends when they have to go out of town for tax conferences or on vacation. I won't share what I get paid, I will just say very well. That's because they have had some less than good experiences in the past and I'm pretty much the only person they trust to take care of their horses. I've told them several times they pay me more than what the work is worth but they won't hear it so I live with taking their cash

When I go on vacation, I try to get a family member to take care of mine. We have stallions and though they are both very good boys, I need someone who has stallion knowledge and it's a bonus that they know all of our horses. I may have my boarder help take turns doing chores when we go on spring break in March, she likes to help and she also knows my animals pretty well. Instead of paying her I will either cut her a break on board or put a few extra tune up rides on her mare.

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