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post #11 of 13 Old 07-31-2014, 10:55 PM
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If you've got experience around horses through your volunteer work, it might be easier to get a spot where you can trade barn work for lessons. Even getting a percentage off of that $50-$70 would be worth it, although ideally you would trade work directly for a lesson and not have to pay out of pocket. I've seen quite a few barns trade mucking stalls, grooming and barn chores for lessons.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-01-2014, 01:38 PM
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Yes, it's a common practice to allow some students to work in exchange for lessons but there is another side to it so don't feel bad if they say sorry, but no.

Generally someone is going to have to take the time out of their busy schedules to teach you exactly what they want done and how to do it. If you already are fairly good at handling horses and doing the work and can prove it, you have a better chance than most.

The other thing is that many stables have many more girls wanting to work than they have places available.

Ask them nicely and tell them about your volunteer work. Also maybe have one of the directors of the rescue where you work write you a letter of reference. This will increase your chances of them taking you seriously.

Good luck!
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-01-2014, 02:22 PM
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This is technically barter income (work in exchange for a service). Which is why most reputable places do not do this as they would have to file all the papers for legal employment.
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