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Equus_girl 04-09-2011 10:44 PM

Working off board?
I may possibly be boarding my horse this summer. I would be doing pasture board at $230/month. I was wondering if any of you have worked off some of your board and how likely they are to give this option if I asked? I would be 4 minutes away from the stable so it would be easy for me to get back and forth. Thank-you!

ArabianChic 04-09-2011 11:02 PM

My mom and I work off some of our board by going out to the farm once a week and doing all of the chores and cleaning the barn.
I don't know how likely they would be to give you that option....some barns don't like to do that because if the person isn't true to their word then they are loosing money (I'm not saying you would be like that though!).
I would just ask and see what they say. Only being 4 minutes from the place (Gosh you're lucky!! We have to drive 1/2 an hour!) they might say yes has you won't have far to drive.

starlinestables 04-09-2011 11:10 PM

Alot of barns don't like to do this because that's more people to be responsible for especially ones that are likely to make mistakes. If your barn has a live on site ranch hand, your chances of getting work are slim.

I love to have boarders work off board personally because they are more likely to show up.. after all their horse suffers too if their late/mess something up. Generally, you should expect to pay the first months board and then work off your next check. If they are reluctant, you can try being extra tidy and overly helpful and perhaps they will reconsider.

Equus_girl 04-09-2011 11:14 PM

Thank-you for the great advice!! Yes, I would be very close to the stables. Its actually a 2 minute drive in a car, but 4 minutes by bicycle which I would use. So that is definitely close enough for me! lol!

Poseidon 04-10-2011 03:30 AM

I worked off my board and sort of still do? It's awkward. My BO leased a barn from someone and was more a BM (I never even saw the guy that actually owned the building). He and a couple friends bought out a barn nearby that is much bigger and obviously had previous boarders. So those people kind of have first dibs on working off board now (and my BO knows I couldn't afford to board at that place to begin with, so he's keeping my boarding cost is what it was at his old barn..and much lower than everyone else's. Shhhh! Nobody knows for obvious reasons).

Anyway! I would go in the morning and eventually started bringing my bf because he wanted the exercise. We did 8 stalls and turned out the horses. Right before we moved barns, we had just worked out the perfect rhythm and usually were done in an hour and half, but were continually shaving off time. It takes getting used to a rhythm. The first day I did it, I was there for like 5 hours cleaning because I'm a neatfreak like that and my body wasn't used it. I'm much better now.

My BO loved that I did it because I only did it on the weekends, which meant his weekends were free for him to have time for his kids and whatnot.

Quariesian 04-23-2011 02:35 PM

A person I knew worked off both board and lessons and trained her own horse when she was only eight years old.

Some people may allow this but others are how ArabianChic put it, might feel they are losing money. If I were an owner of a boarding facility I probably wouldn't want everyone working off everything if it was my only way of making money.

Many problems could arise. :p No harm in asking though!!

horserider1 04-24-2011 12:42 AM

I worked off my lessons when I was riding one hour privates a couple times a week.I came in on Saturdays, and for every hour I worked, I got 8 dollars off my lesson. I cleaned stalls, scrubbed buckets, groomed horses, and exercised some horses. I only did it for a couple months, the barn hired 3 full-time barn hands who took my job.

Carleen 04-27-2011 02:03 AM

I work off part of my board. I go one day per week and do stalls, paddocks and waters. It takes about an hour. My BO takes off $5 per horse, per day that I work - so right now it equals to being $80 cheaper per month.

mls 04-27-2011 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by ArabianChic (Post 992289)
I don't know how likely they would be to give you that option....some barns don't like to do that because if the person isn't true to their word then they are loosing money .

No - it's not losing money - it's not making the money to pay the hay supplier, feed co-op, electric company, insurance, taxes.

We decided not to offer it. Also eliminates the boarders feeling anyone is being treated extra good - or neglected. No favorites - or anyone being 'picked' on by the boarders. Prevents burn out from all the time spent working at the barn and not having fun with your horse. Not to mention -headache or cramps, cold or hot, snow or rain, chores have to be done.

We have a couple of boarders who have been there for years. They know the routine and know the horses. If both my husband and I have to be out of town over night, we trust them to cover.

jxclass19 04-27-2011 05:15 PM

I have worked off board at two different places. At one place I had to clean 14 stalls once a week to cover $300 board for one horse. And the place I am now they charge $150/horse pasture board and I work the horses they are trying to sell in exchange for 2 horses board.

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