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  • What are you tipping grooms?

    Has been a little while since I showed with a full service barn with professional grooms-what are you tipping for a weeklong A show?

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    I'm not 100% certain what is correct but I give $25 per show day but no less than $50. If they have to work for a night class, I give them extra plus if we win some money. I also take them to dinner or buy lunch, etc. on a pretty consistent basis. Our grooms work really long, hard hours!

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    • #3
      $20 per day, per horse. Plus, a little more if they go out of their way or have to deal with a particularly difficult horse/situation.

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      • #4
        I have two horses, but the same guy takes care of both. I usually do $100/ week, more if one of them is champion, wins the classic etc...

        If it was 2 different guys, prob around $75 each
        When the boogeyman goes to sleep, he checks the closet for George Morris. -mpsbarnmanager

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        • #5
          $10 per day each, including the stall cleaner/feeder. So that amounts to $40 per day at most shows. That's per horse.

          I also usually stock their beverage cooler every morning and buy them lunch.
          Surgeon General warns: "drinking every time Trump lies during the debate could result in acute alcohol poisoning."

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          • #6
            $20.00 per day per horse. Sometimes a little extra if extra work or night classes are required. It's a bargain when condsidering what they do all day!

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            • #7
              $20 per day per groom (grooms are not necessarily assigned specific horses, so one may help in the morning and another may help in the afternoon). Typically it works out to about $100 to each groom for the show (assuming Thurs - Sunday showing).
              ~*Friend of bar.ka*~

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              • #8
                Originally posted by vegas01 View Post
                I'm not 100% certain what is correct but I give $25 per show day but no less than $50. If they have to work for a night class, I give them extra plus if we win some money. I also take them to dinner or buy lunch, etc. on a pretty consistent basis. Our grooms work really long, hard hours!
                Just curious... how much are you paying per day for grooming?

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                • #9
                  what are you tipping grooms

                  At the risk of being flamed, no more than $50 - remember most of these folks are NOT paying income taxes since a lot of their income is in the form of cash. I am not a fan of supporting the underground economy, no matter how hard the non-tax payer is working.
                  kenyagirl

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kenyarider View Post
                    At the risk of being flamed, no more than $50 - remember most of these folks are NOT paying income taxes since a lot of their income is in the form of cash. I am not a fan of supporting the underground economy, no matter how hard the non-tax payer is working.
                    I wish we had an eye-roll smiley.

                    So, what, just because they don't pay taxes means that they don't have a family to feed or support? Do you stiff your food deliverymen or refuse to pay your gardeners because they might be "illegal"?

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                    • #11
                      Thats assuming your grooms are illegal and get paid under the table. If you have a problem with that, then you should bring that up with the people who are employing them. If you have a problem supporting an underground economy, then stop paying the people who pay them, or be willing to pay MORE for your trainers/barn to hire legal workers.

                      There are a good percentage of grooms that do things on the up and up. A lot also do not get healthcare benefits covered by their employers. So if you actually have proper, law abiding grooms.... A nice tip is appreciated. Working your butt off for someone who doesn't appreciate you is never very motivating. This is coming from someone who groomed, taught lessons, managed a farm, and braided (sometimes all in the same week). Every little bit helps, and is appreciated.

                      Back to the topic, Ive been tipped anywhere from $300 (RARE, but nice), to have drinks/food provided for me (per week). All I have been very thankful for!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                        I wish we had an eye-roll smiley.
                        We do.

                        Try : rolleyes : without the spaces.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kenyarider View Post
                          At the risk of being flamed, no more than $50 - remember most of these folks are NOT paying income taxes since a lot of their income is in the form of cash. I am not a fan of supporting the underground economy, no matter how hard the non-tax payer is working.
                          Fine. So after you are done tipping these guys $50, know that if you had things your way, you'd be paying them a hell of a lot more per day than you are now.
                          The armchair saddler
                          Politically Pro-Cat

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                          • #14
                            $20/day at the show per horse, divided up between 2 grooms. more if riding more than once a day, etc. usually $50-$60 each

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Horseshowaddict View Post
                              Thats assuming your grooms are illegal and get paid under the table. If you have a problem with that, then you should bring that up with the people who are employing them. If you have a problem supporting an underground economy, then stop paying the people who pay them, or be willing to pay MORE for your trainers/barn to hire legal workers.

                              There are a good percentage of grooms that do things on the up and up. A lot also do not get healthcare benefits covered by their employers. So if you actually have proper, law abiding grooms.... A nice tip is appreciated. Working your butt off for someone who doesn't appreciate you is never very motivating. This is coming from someone who groomed, taught lessons, managed a farm, and braided (sometimes all in the same week). Every little bit helps, and is appreciated.

                              Back to the topic, Ive been tipped anywhere from $300 (RARE, but nice), to have drinks/food provided for me (per week). All I have been very thankful for!
                              This forum needs a "like" button!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by MHM View Post
                                We do.

                                Try : rolleyes : without the spaces.
                                Thanks!

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                                  Thanks!
                                  You're welcome! Sometimes that one is very, very necessary.

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                                  • #18
                                    I suspect that the prices quoted here are on the high side for grooms at your average horse show. People who tip less don't want to subject themselves to the public outrage that is part and parcel to COTH. I think $10/day per horse is fairly standard. More on big event days (like Devon, night classes, derbies) and less on non-showing days.
                                    www.quiethavenfarm.com

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                                    • #19
                                      Well, we would think what most of you are paying are very generous.
                                      We pay $10/per day/per horse. Our grooms are well paid and the tip is extra, we also buy food and drinks alot, but thats just being nice.

                                      Also our grooms usually have 4-6 horses at most. I know the trainer usually also pays a tip so they are pretty well paid.

                                      So for example the trainer pays $35/day per horse= $140-$210 plus $40-$60 per day= $180-$270 per day.
                                      http://community.webshots.com/user/summitspringsfarm

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                                      • #20
                                        I tip $20 per day per groom per assigned horse plus pay $100 per horse each day for grooming

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