Originally Posted by lives2hope
I don't know about that the last barn I was at had 3 teenagers that did work for board. All three worked their buts off mucking stalls and turns outs, feeding, watering and doing pretty much whatever was asked of them. I also saw them often sitting in on lessons, they watched several of mine, all three of them had learned the basics of just about everything from western pleasure to hunter and even driving. Not to mention the general care of horses how to handle emergencies properly, and learning how to deal with multiple different horses and their personalities. I think those three girls just about lived at that barn. You can learn all of that by working at a barn. I just personally don't see the replacement for that. If you work a job it takes you away from the horses, then you have to balance school work and your horse. Personally I am a bit horse nuts so I prefer to spend all of my free time with them even if it is mucking the poo. That is just my personal opinion on it.
That's all fine and dandy but what about those that have mortgages to pay or rent to pay. Working part time at the barn won't cover that. It may not even cover gas to get TO the barn.
Working part time may get you free lessons or whatever, which is great for young people that have parents to pay for everything else, but not older people living on their own.
If I had it my way I'd never leave the barn and hang with my horse and his buddies all the time. But I have to buy food, gas, pay for car insurance, health insurance, clothes, any other bills that come up.
And I think every horse person is horse nuts.