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  • Going rate: Stall Cleaning

    What are you paying?

    In in VA...I have a small farm with only 2 horses at home. I pay my 16 year old son $8/day to clean 2 stalls, empty and wipe their waterer bowls, and clean the aisle (which we do with a blower). It takes him about 30-40 minutes to do it all.

    He has an opportunity to work in a barn at a large horse farm on the weekends and they have asked him how much he charges. We don't want to over or under quote...What is the going rate for you? Do you pay by the hour or by the stall?

    Thanks for your help.
    (I know this topic has been done many times but my search of the threads didn't give me any good responses.)

  • #2
    I guess it depends on the area and what all it entails...but when I was working off part of my board, I was paid 10/hr. It took about an hour to clean 5 stalls, haul manure out, add shavings, wipe out buckets, refill, throw hay and sweep aisle. I was essentially paid "by the job"...but it took about an hour and 10 bucks was what I got taken off each time I did stalls.
    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

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    • #3
      I get paid $15/day to throw am hay and clean stalls + attached paddocks for 5 horses.

      Takes me about an hour, sometimes a wee bit longer if one of them decide to grind their poo into the gravel.

      Otherwise its a nice gig!
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      • #4
        $10/hr is good if it is a few hours of work at a time. If it is only one or two hours of work, that may or may not even cover gas- so I would expect more to drive out to someone's farm for that.


        • #5
          I was paying $20.00/day this summer to clean 8 stalls, do water buckets and sweep the aisle.


          • #6
            I get $7.50/hr (off my board) to muck, turn out, bring in, sweep the aisle, dump and refill water buckets, and feed lunchtime grain and hay in a 21-stall barn. It usually takes me between 5 and 6 hours each day that I work.


            • #7
              $8/hr, about 10-11hrs per weekend. Also includes turn out and bring in horses, sometimes cleaning buckets, watering indoor arena, small odd jobs, etc.
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              • #8
                I take care of 4 horses -

                Morning feed, scrub buckets, blanket changing, then turnout, stalls, bring them in, change back to stable blankets, drag arena, sweep, clean barn, any horsie laundry. Work 5 hours.

                $45.00 a day.
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                • #9
                  I have three horses/stalls plus a big communal turnout. I pay 20 dollars a day for the stalls to be cleaned and the turnout picked. Then they blow out the aisle with the leaf blower.


                  • #10
                    Paid by the day-$18/day--1-1/2 hrs summer 2-1/2 hrs come winter It more than evens out.
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                    • #11
                      About a year ago I worked weekends at a horse barn here in VA that paid $3.50 a stall. This included mucking, rebedding, cleaning and refilling water buckets, throwing hay for the next morning, and blowing the aisle. There were about 14 stalls a day for me to do and usually took me 2.5-3 hours.
                      "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"


                      • #12
                        I get $50 to feed 30 horses, turn out, clean 18 stalls, do shavings and clean the aisle


                        • #13
                          my sister and I did stalls at our old barn on weekends. We got $50 for cleaning over 38 stalls, turnout horses, throw hay in the winter, feed morning grain, feed evening grain and hay back, shavings, raking aisles and doing water buckets. In the summer it was about 3 hrs work between the two of us. In the winter with our freezing weather it was more like a 8 to 10 hr day. We would have to stop in fear of frostbite. We started at 7am and finished whenever....

                          Now at the new barn my sister doesn't do stalls and I just have been filling in a bit for one of the regulars who just had a baby. I do 28 stalls...clean and shavings...sweep up afterward for $30. Much better than the other barn. And this barn doesn't have a "time limit" to start cause someone else turns out! Thus I still sleep in till 9ish!


                          • #14
                            I was going to pay $100/week to muck 6 stalls,(refill bedding if needed)feed,turnout,hay,water(empty,clean,refill)c lean barn isle..its maybe an hours worth of work-maybe a little more/day....so i guess that's $20/day for 5 days
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                            • #15
                              When I cleaned stalls in NE Ohio at a local boarding barn it was 2/per stall or $7/hour depending what you wanted. This got taken off my board


                              • #16
                                $10/hour good rate for day of stall cleaning, feeding, turnout, tacking for trainers, ect.


                                • #17
                                  I used to get 10/hr for cleaning 19 stalls, but I was only paid a certian rate (I couldn't take as long as I wanted and get paid more). The set rate was 60 dollars a day for am feeding,stalls and pm feeding. so 10/hr is probably a good rate and make sure he gets paid for every hour he works.


                                  • #18
                                    I pay 10.00 an hour for feeding 4 horses in run-in sheds, picking out the sheds and general cleaning up. It takes about an hour, very easy work and nice horses. I pay the girl who does this 25.00 and day when I go away and she comes in twice a day (this covers the gas going back and forth.)
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                                    • #19
                                      You will die laughing when you read this, but my roomie cleans stalls for people at our self care barn at school. They conned her into $100/month per horse and she has to clean the stall/run, blanket, water, feed in the evening, and set food for the morning. She went away over Christmas and I charged everyone $7/day... NO WAY was I about to do that much work while taking an intersession and working a full time job and another part time job, plus anywhere from 4 to 21 horses, not including my own.


                                      • #20
                                        my experience...

                                        $10-12/hr around here. And $15 in Middleburg at some fancier barns. Some of the professional cleaners charge $5/stall.