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post #1 of 5 Old 03-25-2012, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Smile What can I do around a barn to help pay off lessons?

Lessons are pretty expensive at the barn I've been attending, and I was casually talking about how I work at a restaurant and I pay for lessons myself and my trainer and her friend suggested that I try talking to the owner of the barn (Its a huge barn with about 30+ horses) about working there to get discounts on my lessons. They board their horses there for FREE because they teach lessons during the week. Now, I am a full time college student and I have a part time job so I have some concerns. Number 1 being, I have no idea what needs to be done at barns since I'm not very experienced. I'm more than willing to work, I just don't know if I can do a lot of things seeing that I'm 5'4" and weigh 98 pounds (translation: I'm not very strong). Concern 2, I am a college student so some weeks I'm not sure I would be able to come in and help that much! :(

I plan on showing up wednesday morning to talk to her about seeing what needs to be done around the barn every week (Even if its vacuuming the rec room or whatever) and I will also express my concerns to her. I'm an honest person and I would under no circumstances expect a discount on a week that I didn't do any work.

Anyways, what would you appreciate being done around your barn on a weekly basis if there is anything? They already have people to clean out the stalls and give the horses food I think though... oh darn!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-25-2012, 11:22 PM
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sit down and do some math, I have never ever seen an example where this works out. How much do you make an hour counting tips ? Youd be way ahead of the game working a couple extra hours and using the extra income to pay for lessons. Working at the barn add the number of hours you are working, plus the extra time commuting, plus the commuting expense. I've seen alot of situations where someone spends several hours a couple times a week, then more hours on a weekend day, times 4 weeks a month to "save" a hundred bucks a month.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-26-2012, 01:36 AM
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I've worked a few hours at the barn for eight years now to pay for board. It's hard work but I really love it.

But I make way way more money waitressing then I do at the barn so I usually work only three hours a week.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-26-2012, 05:40 AM
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Ask the owner if they ever need anyone to fill in or to take a shift or two over. There is a lot to do ....cleaning stalls, feeding, cleaning out leantoos.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-26-2012, 06:15 AM
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I used to help out in a lesson barn to pay my lesson fees. My duties included - catching horses in the pasture, letting them out in the morning, watering and feeding them hay, mucking out, grooming and tacking up the horses in time for the lessons, helping out with leading horses in kiddie trail rides, cleaning the tack, and many other small jobs that I was asked to do. Gradually I was allowed to shadow instructors in order to become an instructor's apprentice and was sometimes given a horse to warm up or cool down before a trainer started to train it. It was hard job, but I loved it.

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