Is it customary to tip people at the barn?
At the barn where I ride there are several girls who work there. They are young (about my age, 16, 17, 18ish). They are very helpful and help me tack up, groom the horses, and get acquainted with the equipment. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tip these people. I haven't for the first few lessons. I don't know if other people are tipping them and I don't want to be "that jerk". On the other hand, I don't want to be that weirdo who tries to shove cash in everyone's face.
Do people usually tip these people or not?
My first thought is Do Not Tip them!!! They probably are just being nice because your a boy their age. Tipping may insult them. But I'm curious to see what others say.
We have given one trainer a pretty large tip once because he spent several hours with us at the barn he worked for helping us with a horse we were looking at to purchase. I know he was already getting paid for this but because he was so helpful a d kind we wanted to do something for him.
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I wouldn't. They're just being helpful. Tipping them would make you seem pretentious and a bit snobby. Just thank them, and if they ever need help, lend a hand.
Especially for brand new riders, part of learning to ride is tacking up and grooming the horse. So this is really part of the lesson. Usually the trainer doesn't want to do this and has barn help provide that information.
And I agree that tipping for that might be seen as snobby or trying to impress with money.
I wouldn't tip them - like the other response said they are probably expected to help.
However, when I was at a barn that had kids like that, at christmas time and birthdays/graduation, people would give them some cash. They'd usually get together to do it.
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LOL... oh dear.
Tip them with cookies! I always love it when random barn friends make sweet treats and share 'em with everyone. :D
Once in a while bring some food goodies to share. It creates great camaraderie.
Oh no, please don't tip them. That would make them feel like valets or something.
Depending on the barn you're at, attitudes can certainly vary. But in general, everybody at the barn is pitching in with the horses, the work, and helping each other out however they can. It's just what is done. You will be expected to help out as well as your skills and knowledge improve. If there's a group of teens who seem to be helping as a kind of job, then it's likely that they're trading this work towards discounted lessons or board. Let them do their job and thank them and be friendly.
If someone is going the extra mile to help you out, I'd bring in some goodies now and them to share - not just with the person you had in mind, but with everyone. Also ask the barn owner if it's OK to bring in treats for people to share for the horses as well (boxes of carrots and apples are always a hit).
Around Christmas time, have cards and goody baskets or a gift card to Dover or something like that prepared for anyone who really helped you out a lot that you'd like to thank a little extra. It doesn't need to be a lot. It's just good manners and graciousness.
I agree with giving them cookies!!! Who doesn't love getting a sweet little treat every now and then! :)
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