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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2016, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question 14 Year old barn work?

Hello, a while back I asked a question about children working at barns for lessons, but I know you have to be 14 to get payed and there are only certain times you can/cannot work, how long, etc.

But in Texas (I'm in humble) what is the minimum wage for a 14 year old? I've herd like 4 dollars and some cents but I looked online and did a lot of research and I found this one website that said "Sub-minimum wage of $4.25/hour is permissible during the first 90 days in a job..."

Is there another wage after the 90 days? And is there anything else I should know?

Thanks and God bless! :)
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If you have not already seen this...
https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs12.pdf
You may need to copy and paste the link....there was a section about that $4 an hour wage too...read the whole article.

There isn't much written about wages specifically on "horse farms" but on agricultural, yes.
Horse farms of any description fall under Ag. laws.
Depending upon what it is exactly you will be doing...it might be in your best interest to do "per-piece" wages.
So if cleaning stalls you are paid "???" per stall not per hour.

However, with your age I would not be "employing" you for any job where I had to pay a real wage.
To barter stall cleaning for a lesson reduced rate...maybe.
You are not legally allowed to do many jobs because of the risks involved and your age restrictions.
You are not old enough to be responsible legally to handle horses privately owned imo. sorry
You are unless owning and driving a car a unreliable worker status as you need someone to deliver you on time and pick you up on time from the place of employment.
That may sound harsh, but you are a "kid"...albeit one who wants to earn money, but still a kid who relies on to many other factors to get to work every single day.
Don't forget that if you work for wages you also pay income tax on those wages, so although you might get some $ back when you file tax returns,....



Some things to think about.
If you really want correct answers call your states division of Department of Labor and talk to a service rep...
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In regards with working at a barn with other people's horses, it really is up to the BO, and your ability to work around and handle horses.

I was around your age when I started working at the barn I boarded at. My situation was a bit different than yours, however, because I did not get paid. I was working off my horse's board.

But, none of the other boarders had a problem with me handling and feeding their horses. After about a year of me working there, I even watched the barn for the BO for a long weekend. That being said, I was very lucky that I only lived about 5 minutes from the barn, and my parents didn't mind driving me when needed.

I don't know your whole situation, so my advice to you would be to start volunteering at a barn first to make sure your up for the work, and then look for a job working at a barn. If you're looking to get paid, you may have a better time getting hired at 15 years old.

Good luck! I hope everything works out for you =).
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In regards with working at a barn with other people's horses, it really is up to the BO, and your ability to work around and handle horses.

I was around your age when I started working at the barn I boarded at. My situation was a bit different than yours, however, because I did not get paid. I was working off my horse's board.

But, none of the other boarders had a problem with me handling and feeding their horses. After about a year of me working there, I even watched the barn for the BO for a long weekend. That being said, I was very lucky that I only lived about 5 minutes from the barn, and my parents didn't mind driving me when needed.

I don't know your whole situation, so my advice to you would be to start volunteering at a barn first to make sure your up for the work, and then look for a job working at a barn. If you're looking to get paid, you may have a better time getting hired at 15 years old.

Good luck! I hope everything works out for you =).
Thank you! I was hoping to be able to volunteer at the barn if I could not work for riding lessons (I take riding lessons at another place) for experience and trust from them. Then, one I turn 14/15 maybe they'll hire me. I hope I could get a little money so I could afford a horse depending how life is at the time. Thankfully, the barn is 9 mins away. :) Thank you for the info/advice!
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If you have not already seen this...
https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs12.pdf
You may need to copy and paste the link....there was a section about that $4 an hour wage too...read the whole article.

There isn't much written about wages specifically on "horse farms" but on agricultural, yes.
Horse farms of any description fall under Ag. laws.
Depending upon what it is exactly you will be doing...it might be in your best interest to do "per-piece" wages.
So if cleaning stalls you are paid "???" per stall not per hour.

However, with your age I would not be "employing" you for any job where I had to pay a real wage.
To barter stall cleaning for a lesson reduced rate...maybe.
You are not legally allowed to do many jobs because of the risks involved and your age restrictions.
You are not old enough to be responsible legally to handle horses privately owned imo. sorry
You are unless owning and driving a car a unreliable worker status as you need someone to deliver you on time and pick you up on time from the place of employment.
That may sound harsh, but you are a "kid"...albeit one who wants to earn money, but still a kid who relies on to many other factors to get to work every single day.
Don't forget that if you work for wages you also pay income tax on those wages, so although you might get some $ back when you file tax returns,....



Some things to think about.
If you really want correct answers call your states division of Department of Labor and talk to a service rep...
...
jmo...

Thank you VERY VERY VERY much for all of the info and advice. It really helped me understand it more. :)
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