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  1. #1
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    Default Likelihood of finding barn work in exchange for riding in NOVA?

    Good morning. Longtime lurker here, registered to ask this question.

    I'm considering a change in career. As in, ending mine. One of my biggest hesitations is the thought of how to find/justify money to ride. Hubby is not going to finance this.

    So I'm wondering ... what's the likelihood of finding barn work in exchange for riding in the northern VA area? I haven't tried to do that since I was a teen and I was living in a different area then. I don't care about showing -- just want to be able to get my horse therapy, and, after years of working in an office, would be happy to work outside.

    Any thoughts on this? Am I crazy?
    Last edited by daisies; Jul. 27, 2010 at 07:26 AM.



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    I would love to have someone like you. I have two great college students who work off most of their board and lessons here. I bet you can find a situation that will work. Go for it!



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    Certainly possible.

    Where are you?
    What disciplinne?

    Check the "horseless riders and riderles horses" thread.
    Janet

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).



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    Sheas mom, that's good to hear! Thanks!

    Janet, I'm an intermediate English rider, can't really claim any particular discipline though the barns where I take lessons are hunter-style barns. I'm in Loudoun County. Thanks for the tip on the thread to check out.

    An initial search on Craigslist wasn't promising ... I guess I should go post notes on tack store/feed store bulletin boards?



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    Janet

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).



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    Thanks for the link, Janet. I added a post there.



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    Check here too, as I've seen many ads for riding in exchange for barn work in the past:
    http://www.virginiaequestrian.com/ma...oyment&CatID=8

    You can also place a free ad there under Employment-Wanted.

    Lastly, you could also join the VAHorses email list group to see if any list members are in the market for what you're offering (see my sig down below for link to this group).

    Good luck!
    Equus Keepus Brokus



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    In the past I've seen a lot of ads on Virginia Equestrian looking for people to work in exchange for riding. Northern VA is a very horsey area, so I wouldn't think you'd have a problelm
    "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"



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    Default barn work in exchange for ride time

    I've seen a lot of posting regarding this.....I think a lot of barn owners need help but have a hard time coming up with the actual cash to pay for help.....riding time is a great exchange.
    Check out Virginia Equestrian on line....under help wanted or whatever....you may be in luck!



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    I so wish you were closer- I would love to exchange help time for riding- or even just have someone else ride some of my guys regularly
    “While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.” Mark Twain



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    Too bad you aren't near me. I would LOVE to have this sort of situation.
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    Thanks for all the responses! I think I have a possibility already, thanks to this forum!
    Last edited by daisies; Jul. 29, 2010 at 06:34 AM.



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