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post #1 of 16 Old 07-06-2012, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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What would you pay for someone to exercise your horse?

I travel for about 2-3 days a month for work, and a really nice college student who works at the barn offered to exercise Izzy for me when I'm out of town. She's a good rider and loves Izzy, so I would trust her to do this. I would expect she'd ride 30-45 minutes a day. When she offered, there was no conversation about paying her, but I would feel better about offering her something for her time. In a similar situation, what would you offer to pay? Or would you just assume that since she volunteered, she just wants the "horse time" (she doesn't have her own)?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-06-2012, 08:33 AM
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I travel for about 2-3 days a month for work, and a really nice college student who works at the barn offered to exercise Izzy for me when I'm out of town. She's a good rider and loves Izzy, so I would trust her to do this. I would expect she'd ride 30-45 minutes a day. When she offered, there was no conversation about paying her, but I would feel better about offering her something for her time. In a similar situation, what would you offer to pay? Or would you just assume that since she volunteered, she just wants the "horse time" (she doesn't have her own)?
uh I wouldn't, actually very similar to a lease she would pay you or free lease it but unless she is actually training for you..IMO I would not be paying her

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-06-2012, 08:40 AM
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I used to charge $10 a ride when I was loping team roping horses for extra money. That was 10 years ago and and the west coast.

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I get paid $40 for a 45- minute ride - owner decides what we work on if anything.
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-06-2012, 08:47 AM
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For exercising and no training?!? Holy crap....I just pay a tad bit more for a lesson with a trainer and that includes a cattle use charge.

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post #6 of 16 Old 07-06-2012, 08:51 AM
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$ I would say 20 bucks that way its a little something but not to crazy and she gets horse time and you get peace of mind :)
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post #7 of 16 Old 07-06-2012, 08:52 AM
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She's probably happy she gets to ride a horse she likes... Just bring her back something nice from your trip...
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post #8 of 16 Old 07-06-2012, 08:55 AM
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You can see it in 2 ways.
Firstly, she's getting the opportunity to ride your horse like in a lease so she should pay you (of course you shouldn't make her, just speculating).

Secondly, she's offering you a service so you should pay her.

Or the middle would be... nada!

Since she's a college student, I would probably give her a little something... because ya know, students are poor... I would know.

I don't know how much money you should pay, as prices differ from area to area, but maybe buy her some horsey gift? Like a gift card for the local tack shop? Or for the barn so she can pay a lesson?

... Or just plain cash I suppose. Hmm, let's see what other people think. Though you said she loves Izzy, so my guess would be she didn't take this on with any money ideas in head, and if you offered some she would probably be too polite to accept it... or at least not without a bit of protesting and many thanks.

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I tend to agree with eclipse on this one. She volunteered, I'd take that as she just wants some horse time. Assuming since she doesn't have her own horse she probably pays for lessons or to ride generally so this could be good opportunity for her to get some saddle time at no cost.

If she was a trainer and she was not only keeping the horse fit but adding to it's skills, that would be a different ball game. I do one off rides occasionally and charge $35/hr - that amt because if it was one in my barn for training that's close to what it would break down to per ride based on monthly training fee.

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I wouldn't pay her unlss that's what you'll start doing everytime somebody watches her.
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