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post #1 of 45 Old 07-09-2012, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Why are horse people often expected to work for free?

I'm curious about this. It seems like most of the job offers I see within the industry are looking for people who are skilled with horses but that are willing to work for no compensation as if working around horses isn't demanding of a lot of time, physical effort, and hard-earned skills. A lot of these ads aren't looking for greenhorns either but people will experience.

What the heck is up with that?
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post #2 of 45 Old 07-09-2012, 12:49 PM
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I'm not sure where you're seeing all these ads for free labor, because there's always some sort of compensation being offered. Not enough to support my particular lifestyle, but for someone young and unencumbered with a mortgage, they might work out.
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I'm not sure where you're seeing all these ads for free labor, because there's always some sort of compensation being offered. Not enough to support my particular lifestyle, but for someone young and unencumbered with a mortgage, they might work out.
Mostly bayequest.com. That's the local big equestrian site for my area. Where do you live that all the jobs pay? Back in the day in Florida I never worked for free but out here it seems like most of the ads are called 'working student' as if everyone who owns a barn and some horses is such a great teacher that working for them for nothing is totally worth it.
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I don't know what min wage is over there, but over here, an hour private lesson is usually about the same price as 5 or 6 hours work would earn you.
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I'm in VA. Any barn that's advertising for help always has a compensation package listed.

We have some really big training barns in this area, especially since Middleburg, The Plains, Charlottesville, and Lexington are all part of the higher end showing venues.

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VA area barns still offer "working student" jobs and live in jobs with very little cash. I see the same thing when I look around - Maryland too. They always want 6 days a week, super long days, lots of experience and most will give a place to live, board for one horse and 1-200 a week in "salary".
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I don't know what min wage is over there, but over here, an hour private lesson is usually about the same price as 5 or 6 hours work would earn you.
5 or 6 hours of your labor for one hour on their horse..oh sign me up!
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I didn't say they offered a living wage, but they do offer some sort of compensation package. I'd never do it, but there are obviously people who will.

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I see the occasional "working student" ad, here they are exactly what it sounds like. Someone to work under a trainer and do the grunt work in exchange for room & board but mostly for the learning experience. They can then take that knowledge gained and start their own training business or work as the trainer at an established barn.
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VA area barns still offer "working student" jobs and live in jobs with very little cash. I see the same thing when I look around - Maryland too. They always want 6 days a week, super long days, lots of experience and most will give a place to live, board for one horse and 1-200 a week in "salary".
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I see a lot of this too. It's unfortunate for those of us who have a place to live and no horse to board.
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