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post #1 of 9 Old 05-08-2011, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Just a Thought - money maker? -

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.

Packages:

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.

braiding- $___
clipping- $___
pulling- $___
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?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-08-2011, 03:52 PM
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I think this is a great idea! I would love to do that but regretfully that is not possible. And although I can groom a horse very well, I can only french braid myself and other people. Haven't gotten much practice on horses yet. :/

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haha, I'm not going to tell you how many times I had to practice hunter plaites to be able to do them tight enough to stay in, but not so tight that the horse wants to kill me

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bump! I still need price ideas, guys!

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That sounds like a great idea! You could also go to the shows with the people and groom their horse at the show, wipe the riders boots, tack up their horse...just like a groom.
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Well I know that my friend would pay close to $120 for your gold package I would pay more for something like that IDK if this will help but I thought I'd give my input

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I have no clue how much it should be or how much people do it for, but I don't think you should start too high. It also depends what kind of shows you would go to. Would they be really fancy, and high rated shows, or small local ones with very simple classes?

If the shows are fancier then you can get away with charging a tiny bit more, lol ;) but this is my input on what the fees should more or less be. Some people may be willing to pay more and others less, try to see what your crowd's going to be like. ;)

Bronze: 10-20$ (depending on how much there is to groom, and you shouldn't charge too much for just grooming/oiling because you don't want the person to be like, heck for that price I can do it myself. You want them to be like, oh I'm lazy and it's really not much so I'll dish it out. ;). )

Sliver: 35-45...55? (since braiding is pretty tough and deserves the extra cash) mayeb you can charge less for simple braids and more for fancy complicated stuff

Gold: 90-120 (depends)... not sure. The gold is really a big package with lot's of stuff so it's worth the money.

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So I love show season because I actually get to make money! (I'm doing an unpaid internship so I scrimp and save all that I can. ) I'm currently in the dressage world and here's my price sheet. The shows range from schooling shows to regional championships.

Show Clipping (Ears, face/jaw, legs/fetlocks, bridle path) - $50
Fixing someone's clipping - $25
Mane pulling (2-3 sessions, I like to pull over the course of a few days so as not to overly annoy the horse and myself.) - $35 (more if the horse is difficult, less if there's not much mane to pull)
Braiding - $30 (more if the horse is difficult)

For braiding, I always make sure to fix braids that come undone and re-braid ones that need it, especially if it's a 2-3 days show. I try to have the owners provide the braiding rubber bands and remind them not to wash their horse's mane.
For leg clipping, the horse's legs must be clean and free of mud and as much dirt as possible so as not to dull the clipper blades. If you have to use your own clippers, I would charge a small fee for that as well.

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Sorry, didn't mean to double post, computer issues.

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