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post #1 of 11 Old 06-19-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Working off lessons

I want to see if I can work off my lessons by working at he barn were I ride so I can help my family out with expenses, because I am looking at owning in the near future. I want to try and work off 2 group lessons a week, which costs $170 per month. I haven't asked my trainer yet, buti would like some opinions on if this sounds reasonable or not. There is another person at the barn that works off some of her lessons or board already.
Also, I will be able to work pretty much everyday, I just have to make sure that when school starts back up I have time for my schoolwork as well.
Right now, even though I am just taking lessons there, my trainer asks me to help the younger kids and newbies with tacking up and catching their horses, and she asks me to tack and untack the horses in training and stuff like that. Also, right now I am helping with the horse day camps at our barn and plan to help out with the ones in July and August as well. So what are your thoughts? Is that too much money to work off?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-19-2012, 04:28 AM
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When I was a wee one (14ish) my trainer let me work off 1 lesson a week, and I paid for one s week. I only took lessons for a few months, bit that was a hard working few months! It never hurt to ask.
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It's quite a norm around here to work off in exchange for discounted board of lessons. Personally I think it's a very good idea for those who love horses but limited on money. I'd definitely talk to the trainer.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-19-2012, 08:08 AM
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I think it's a great idea for you to earn your lessons that way.

However, until you are able to afford a horse on your own I think you should avoid trying to buy. As is, you have to work off the lessons. Board and regular care would be more expensive by quite a bit.
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I work off $100 a week worth of agistment. I'm an instructor and I run the riding school of a Saturday. 5/6 hours covers it at a rate of 20 an hour
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-19-2012, 08:13 AM
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Just have a mature conversation with your trainer about doing some work in exchange for lessons.

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-19-2012, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your replies! I am only 16, so I have an agreement with my parents were if I can pay for my lessons and gas for my truck to get myself there, they will pay for board and farrier and vet stuff.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-20-2012, 01:50 PM
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Thanks for your replies! I am only 16, so I have an agreement with my parents were if I can pay for my lessons and gas for my truck to get myself there, they will pay for board and farrier and vet stuff.
I think you need to double-check with your parents on this one...

It sounds like they are encouraging you to be actually earning some CASH - and then they will help your horse habit with board/vet/farrier. So spending more time at the barn in exchange for lessons might not quite be the arrangement your parents have in mind. They might be thinking they want you to have an actual JOB to help support your expenses.

(Obviously, this is coming from the parent of a 17 year old... When I tell my daughter she can have something if she can pay for X, Y, and Z - what I am really looking for is for her to show the responsibility and maturity of holding down a job and putting money into the bank. Then I am happy to help her out with "fun stuff" that she wants.)

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-20-2012, 02:03 PM
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I think you'd be better off to hire on at a fast food joint, like McD's. At least you'd know exactly how much your pay is. You may be further ahead doing it that way. The barn may not need someone else if one gal is already doing it.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-20-2012, 03:15 PM
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As others said - it does not hurt to ask. However at most barns lessons are the money makers. If there is already one person working off lessons, they may not need two.
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