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post #1 of 12 Old 06-28-2008, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Stable Employee Question

Ok, I have a question regarding stable employee pay. If you don't know what that is it's someone who will come in and clean stall(s), groom the horse(s), feed the horse(s) (if they need you there for feeding too), and maybe ride the horse(s) if they need the exercise (or if the owner just wants them too). So how much do you think that would cost for a day? And how much each additional horse + stall?
I'm asking this cause I want a job and I'd prefer to work with horses instead of like cookies or somethin'. I would apply to work as a junior wrangler but I'm still kind of a beginner (at riding) so I don't think they'd want me (cause it said they pick the person on their skill). If I left out anything about stable employee's jobs please tell me. Thanks :).
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-28-2008, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, I forgot to add that in a book I'm reading about horses they said that a full-time groom earns $400 per month or more, with top-notch show grooms getting as much as $700 per month plus room and board, the "room" perhaps meaning a house big enough for a wife and children. And this book was updated in 1980 so it probably cost more now for a groom.
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Do you know anyone who works at the barn? Every day chores and work in stable is usually paid by the hour and usually, depending on where you work-doesn't pay much. I have heard of riders charging 15-20 a ride but they were more experienced riders. As for grooming? I have no idea I don't do it.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-29-2008, 07:04 PM
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I guess it depends on how high you set your sights. The two times I did stable work, it was minimum wage and hard work for the money...but it covered my lessons anyway. I certainly couldn't make a living at it.
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Oh, ok. Thanks :).
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-30-2008, 01:13 AM
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I have never heard of that job paying that much! Unless maybe they were talking about race horse grooms.......those might get payed more but I dk. I have a friend and he works at a barn I dk how much he gets paid for feeding and giving lessons but he does ride/train other peoples horses and he only charges 10$ a ride
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I live out in the country and work with horses for $10 an hour, or if they are broncy 15$ an hour, with a 3 hour minimum for people up to twenty miles away, and if farther, they have to cover my gas. I've only had one person who lived 35 miles away who had to pay gas. I'm not a professional though, I've just been working with trainers and need to practice, so I offer it discounted.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-15-2008, 11:25 AM
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I worked at 2 barns.

First barn (eventing jumping barn) I was paid about $25 an hour and was considered a "working student" meaning I rode about 8 horses a day under the trainer's guidance...guidance meaning torture just kidding I loved it and got free education. I also did all the grooming, stall cleaning, fed in the mornings, and anything else that needed done. When the owner was out of town I stayed at the house to watch the horses 24/7...more money more responsibility.

Second barn (AQHA western barn) I was just a stall cleaner, fed every other day (depending on the schedule with the other barn hands), and tacked up horses when the gay trainer was to lazy to do it himself. I was only paid $8 an hour there...but had a lot less responsibility...just did what was on the list...nothing more. Quit this barn pretty quick...because I couldn't turn a blind eye to AQHA spur-stop, bit yanking, head-set obsessed training techniques...no offense to any AQHA people out there.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-16-2008, 07:21 AM
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Is 400 a month considered good money over there??

I work in a supermarket and get over 500 a fortnight!! And I only do 40 hrs
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post #10 of 12 Old 07-17-2008, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks.

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I'm not sure. I read that price in a book.
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