04-04-2013, 02:53 PM
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I worked at a boarding stable for free lessons when I was a kid. And holy cow did they make me work! 20 horses, feeding morning/night, turn out after feeding, watering, mucking stalls, even fence repair. Since I took the bus to school, usually meant I was there before dawn (about 5:30 every morning), change clothes and on the bus. Off the bus, straight to the barn for evening work. My mom had to sign a liability waiver and a release in case I was injured (they could take me to hospital). The stable backed our apartment, so I would walk.... And they didn't have automatic waterers in the stalls so in winter (this was up north) it was a PAIN. But, I also got to lease my lesson horse. I was about 9 or 10.