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post #1 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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My Best friend loves horses but her parents won't let her have one. She needs to earn some money but she wants something that involves horses. She quiet young ( 13) but really needs a weekly income for all things Horsey!!! Any ideas?????
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 11:30 PM
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hey i know someone that is 15 and lives near tyler texas and she loves horses and would love a job doin anything around them know of anything?

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 11:47 PM
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My daughter is 14 and loves horses and would love to have a horsey job. She hasn't been able to find one, unfortunately. Perhaps it is because even though she loves horses, she lacks experience, or maybe it's because of her age or because there just aren't that many horsie jobs for an inexperienced 14 yr old. She did manage to find herself a babysitter job, though. With that babysitting job, she has been able to get herself a horse, buy feed, pay board and get her horse shod.

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 09:19 AM
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It's quite difficult to find horse-related jobs, especially when your young. I'm currently 16 and having troubles finding anything. At 13, there is more liability / restrictions on the types of jobs people can do. a lot of barns in my area have age requirements on activities that may prevent a teen from being hired. the best chance would be to find some very minor jobs ~ cleaning tack, organizing, cleaning walls, etc. at a local barn as a weekend job. if this friend takes lessons, she could talk to her trainer and perhaps become a working student.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 12:54 PM
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When I was 15 I got my first horsey job feeding one night a week in exchange for a lesson. I was lucky, and had a WONDERFUL boss/trainer that showed me how to do everything. I didn't even know what a flake of hay was! haha. If you can find a situation like that, it would be the best of both worlds. She'd get to learn how to ride, and she'd also get horse care experience and maybe earn a little extra money on the side. Since she's so young though, there might be laws that prevent her from doing something dangerous. Talking to a local trainer or barn owner would be the best place to start. They love to have the help, even if it's just mucking stalls or helping set up jumps or cones for lessons.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 01:15 PM
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To be honest, when i was a barn manger i didn't consider hiring anybody under 15-16. Mostly because it's harder for a child to get transportation, and of course the liability involved. Plus the lack of experience can be dangerous with some horses. I would recommend telling your friend to look in to neighborhood jobs (mowing lawns, tending peoples gardens etc). She might even be able to get a babysitting job (but that would probably depend on her maturity).

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 01:26 PM
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I agree with Rylie. I wanted a horsey job, but there wasn't really any available, so now I have a summer job at a furniture manufacturing plant, but I'm 18 tomorrow so I'll be old enough to do it in the summer. I'm rather excited about it. Babysitting an older kid would be more acceptable for a thirteen year old, though. Cause I don't know if I'd trust a thirteen year old with a baby or toddler :/

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post #8 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 01:43 PM
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If you have trouble getting money, ask people round about with horses, you could even put a notice in a tack shop. There may well be someone who needs their horses exercising, that you can do for free or pay something towards.

I don't even own Lottie or Tazz, but on a whim I just went up to the owner's house and asked if he knew anyone that needed horses exercising, and that I'd be willing to pay lesson rates so long as I got a bit more riding time than a lesson. Turns out it was the owner himself, as he's too old to exercise them but still wants to keep them. I get all the owning experience and amazing relationships with the horses without having to pay anything

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 03:55 PM
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When I was 13 I started volunteering at a ranch that did guided trail rides. I learned so much, Yah it was western and I was and english girl. But it was a blast. Once they knew I was a good rider and what not, they started letting me guide at the back of the groups that went out and eventually I was a lead guide and giving beginner lessons and training the green horses. It was just for tips since I was a volunteer, but the tips were great! I think I made like $120 in one day. Riding western and doing trail rides paid for my hunter shows!
Summer Camps at places like that usually always need help.
Its worth a shot to see if she can do the same.

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-05-2011, 04:01 PM
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You'll never know if they'll hire you until you go out and ask! Doesn't hurt to try, and it shows that you're committed and are willing to work hard :)
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