Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
When I worked for my friend, I cleaned 8-10 stalls every day (except Sunday), fed in the evenings (and sometimes in the mornings if they needed me to), lunged/groomed/bathed 3-5 horses per day (including my own), turned out and brought in all the horses on the property (anywhere from 6 to 12, depending on how many boarders we had and such), and did any other work around the barn that they needed me to. In exchange for this, I not only gained the invaluable experience I have now, but my friend also covered my stall fee ($125 per month) for the barn we boarded at and paid for my farrier visits ($40 every six weeks or so). So, all I had to do was pay for feed and gas to get out to the barn (granted, hay was cheaper at that time, so for under $100 a month, I owned my own horse). I didn't really get any ridden lessons, but I did learn A LOT about handling horses in general (lunging, ground work, bathing, etc).
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.