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    08-09-2013, 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by JungleJulia    
I'm curious as to why barn chores entail.
Completely depends on the facility and the owner. Some have their workers handle the horses, some strictly the 'dirty' work.

My suggestion would be to check it out. Ask every question you can think of. If it's a go - get it in writing. Being let go because you didn't know you were supposed to wipe down cobwebs or pulled too many shavings out of stalls when cleaning would be a shame!
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    08-09-2013, 01:53 PM
It's worth looking into. The ad didn't really go into details as to what your responsibilities would include so make sure you ask. Barn work could include cleaning stalls, mending fences, feeding horses (most likely you would have to wake up very early in the mornings), mowing, unloading hay, grooming, etc.. A lot of physical labor is involved and for a lot of barns, it's cheaper on them to have free live in help then it is to pay someone. Like others said, get EVERYTHING in writing if you do decide to take this. Good luck! Let us know what you find out.
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    08-09-2013, 05:11 PM
Green Broke
Let us know what you find out too.
    08-10-2013, 08:26 PM
Also Important to know how many horses they have. Mucking out a few stalls before going off to a job may not be a big problem, but the time requirement changes quickly as the number of horses goes up!
    08-10-2013, 08:36 PM
Green Broke
Check it out.

It's all going to depend on the amount of horses. My friend can feed, water and clean up for her two horses in 30 minutes. Now the barn I help run has 20 horses. If it were just me it would take me 4+ hours to feed, water (inside and outside), clean two stalls and paddocks of 20 horses, do turn out, give horses their "special feeds" (beet pulp, hay cubes), etc. By the time that's all done it will be time to start it all over again for night time! That's excluding farrier visits, lessons, & riding.

The other thing that peeks my interest is what they consider "economical living space".
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