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post #11 of 14 Old 07-14-2012, 04:19 AM
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Do any teenagers work at a local equestrian barn for the keep of their horses or for free lessons?? If so I would love to hear about it and what jobs you do there?!
Now I am just guessing from the question that we are talking to a young teenager. I don't think most young teenagers have mortgages or rent to pay. Gas maybe if they have a car. Depending on parents fiances I guess you might have to contribute to the household. She is just asking for stories and what most people do to pay for board.

On a side note instead of working for a barn there is some people who own horses that are willing to do lessons in exchange for work, I have two students who do work in exchange for lessons, I don't know how many other people do that but it is very nice having the helping hands around. For every three hours of work they do they get 1 hour of lesson equals out to be about 10 dollars an hour. For the work they mow the grass, muck, they have helped with fence repairs and planting and they also feed if I need them too. We work together most of the time and they ask me just about every question they can about horses, I have noticed that their knowledge and understanding of horses has sprung far ahead of my other students. They both live in my neighborhood so it works out well for all of us.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-14-2012, 08:54 AM
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I do. I feed horses about 5 times a week-- there are about 45 horses. I bring in, feed, turn out, water, hay, etc. I make $20 a job.

Not a lot, but it usually covers my board completely as I usually make about $400-$440 a month.

IMO it makes a LOT more sense than another job in my situation. Each shift takes me about 2 1/2-3 hours. When I'm done, I get to play with my horse. It also gives me experience working with different horses and references for when I'm applying to vet school. This job also works with my school schedule, something I wouldn't get with a "real" job.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-14-2012, 09:21 AM
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I sometimes help out at the school I learned to ride at. At first, when I was like 11, I worked for free, mainly because I needed supervising being so young hehe. Now I'm over 16 they feel they should to give me something in return for my time I get an hour lesson for 7-9 hours of work (1 day) including an hour or so break at lunch. Its great, I can get 2 free lessons in a weekend just for doing stuff like grooming and mucking out! If you take the rate of the lesson as pay I only get like £2.50 and hour, but I enjoy it

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post #14 of 14 Old 07-15-2012, 02:51 PM
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Here is the link to the barn I was talking about if anyone was interested in what they do. It is mainly set up for teenagers that are out of school for the summer and looking into an equine related career.

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