Trying to think of a way to make money this summer and a few people at our barn have mentioned that I ought to offer horse grooming/prep at local shows and such. I thought this was a good idea, and it wouldn't be as time consuming as taking a part time job at a resteraunt or something. Plus, I'm fairly handy with a brush and comb if I do say so myself
I would basically offer four kinds of braiding for horse mane- Running braids, Hunters braids/plaites, normal braids, and french braids- then ofcourse plaiting the horse's tail ( I can get a nice, tidy looking braid done in under ten minutes.) Then I would offer hoof oiling, basic curry/dandy/picking, mane pulling/trim and clipping. (not full body, obviously, but brush ups including whiskers, ears, feathers, and chin fuzzies. Bridle path also, if requested.) I'd probably put them in 'packages' like this.
bronze: basic groom, hoof oiling $____
silver: basic groom, hoof oiling, braiding $____
gold: basic groom, hoof oiling, mane pulling, braiding, clipping. $____
Then I would have just the singles.
basic groom/oiling- $___
I do these things on a regular basis and am well versed in handling young and spooky horses, so I really don't see this job as being too terribly difficult, and we have a lot of pony hunter, pleasure, and show jumping as well as lower level dressage competitions coming up this summer (and a bunch of rodeos, though I don't really see getting much business at those )
What I want to know if if you would hire someone to do that sort of thing for you, and if you would- how much would you pay for each package/single?