For barn owners: How do you run your working student program?
I know I've posted something like this before, but I'm giving it a lot more thought now that I'm moving back home and will have time to devote to such an undertaking. I'd like to establish a working student program at our boarding barn.
How do you run your working student program- what benefits do you give in exchange for work, and what do students have to fund for themselves (if anything)? What kind of facility do you run, and are you a trainer yourself? What duties do your working students cover- do they ride farm horses and/or bring their own? What are the working hours like for them? What kind of people do you typically get, and what are their goals? Where are you located, and does the climate factor into the structuring of your program?
And last but not least, is it worth it?
Sorry for the long list of questions- feel free to give as much or as little info as you like, anything is appreciated!
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~ Arabian Proverb