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post #1 of 5 Old 03-07-2009, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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What should I get paid?

I'll probably be working at a stables with some foals/yearlings that need the general socializing and ground work. I have quite a bit of experience with training horses and have had great results with the foals I've worked with. All the foals I have trained halter and lead, are perfect with their feet, desensitized (even to huge sheets of plastic and other "scary" things), stand quietly when tied and being groomed, ground tie and the like, are very friendly and yet no pushy or nippy at all. So I'm just wondering how much people usually get paid for training young horses. This would be my first real paid job for training horses, as I have trained other people's horses either for free or in exchange for riding or something. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-07-2009, 11:53 PM
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Horse training is a great industry to get into. It can be a great paying job, especially if your heart is in it and you know what you are doing. I would charge around $40/hr. The best thing to do is provide the owner with a schedule that you have for the horses so that they know that you know what you are doing. This has worked with me and people are really impressed when you present them with a set schedule of what you plan to do day by day. You could charge by the hour if you are not going to be able to work with them every day. If you can be there to work with them every day, I would charge them a monthly rate of around $250-300. They are actually getting a better deal if they pay you by the month, and that way you know that you have steady work for at least a month at a time. Just be sure that you type up a contract that includes the amount you will be paid. Make sure you sign it and the owners of the horses sign it. I have been screwed out of a lot of money for horse training. There are some phony horse people out there! Have fun and I am talking from experience so I hope everything works out for you!
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-08-2009, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much. Yes, I certainally would want to have a contract so I made sure I'd get paid! I absolutely love training horses and its nice to be able to make money doing something you love!
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-08-2009, 08:44 AM
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Is that a service that would actually be needed in your area? I live in the middle of horse country and I don't know of anyone who charges for that kidn of service. Interesting idea tho.
An actually trainer with papers to prove they can train will charge around the $40.00/hr mark so I don't see that as appropriate for someone who does nothing but handling. I wouldn't pay more than the basic wageon this one.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-08-2009, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, there actually are quite a few people around that want their horses trained. I don't think I would probably ask quite $40, just because I don't have papers and stuff but I have had lots of experience with horses and training them and the people that I have trained their horses for in the past have been very happy with the results.
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