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    Fair Price for simple work

    So my BO has asked me to just drop feed in the evenings, make morning feed and throw hay for the horses. I don't have to move hay bales or anything, no in & out of stalls, or even stall picking. I am usually out there at evening feed time anyway because I am riding. Its Monday-Friday only. Mondays & Wednesday I do 11 horses and then Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday I only do 6 horses. It doesn't take long and it is very easy. But she asked what I thought fair pay was?
    I have no idea. I've only gotten paid in the past when I did stalls and turn in & out.
    Any ideas what something short and easy but still a commitment would pay?


    You might want to provide your general location, as pay will vary greatly by region. Are you essentially being asked to perform night check?

    As you develop a rate to suggest, you may want to think about two things; 1) what to charge if you are already at the barn and 2) what you might charge if you need to make a special trip to perform these chores.

    One way to look at it might be to charge whatever the going rate is per hour when you are already at the barn and simply performing some chores at the end of your visit. However you might ask for an hourly rate plus "gas money" if you need to make a special trip to perform the same chores on days you are not already at the barn.

    Lots of ways to approach the situation. The above suggestion is just one.
    Last edited by OneTwoMany; Aug. 23, 2017, 07:30 PM.


      Original Poster

      Good Thoughts!
      Its central Florida area, low key barn.
      I only live 2 miles away


        I am also in Central Florida. My BO takes something (not sure how much) off board for the people who do the night feed for a few horses whose owners aren't able to come out.


          That sounds like 15-20 a day. You HAVE to be there or they don't get fed and their breakfast isn't prepared. It's worth that. You could see if it could get knocked off your board.
          When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

          The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


            $20 if it takes you less than an hour


              Wow, $20+/hour for just dropping/preparing feed? Where can I find that job.

              I'd expect such work to pay $10/hour.


                For the days with just the 6 horses, yeah, little less. With 11 it's going to take a little longer. IMO. That's what I'd pay for help, not so much for the actual times as the responsibility and consequences for the horses if she no shows...big part of the reliability problems with these jobs is they don't pay enough to be worth it if crap happens and they have to choose keeping the commitment over something that has come up.
                When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


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                  I really don't mind doing it at all! I really am there everyday at that time anyway unless it is a crazy circumstance or I planned way ahead. So pay for commitment I understand for non boarders but I board there and am there to ride then anyway so I guess that solves that for at least me.

                  I was thinking $10 for the nights I did both barns. It takes me 20 minutes to do the one barn with 6 horses so I was thinking maybe like $5?

                  Does that seem fair?


                    My trainer pays $10 for feeding (which includes bringing in / out, dropping feed and hay.) I am in Eastern NC. I think I would charge $10 a night regardless of if its 10-6 horses, as it is a commitment for you.
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                      I'm paying $15/day for equally simple work for 4 horses that takes 30-45 minutes. I think $15-20 is fair, especially if it's coming off board vs a paycheck
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                        I would say $10-$15 a day off my board. Maybe $10 since it doesn't really inconvenience you.


                          $5 says "My time and experience have zero value."

                          $10 isn't much better.

                          Remember that you aren't just tacking on a few minutes to YOUR barn time, but that you are SAVING even more of your BO/BM/trainer's time as they would have to get up, dressed, come out to the barn, etc. Not to mention they would also have to BE there every night.

                          Absolute minimum would be an hour's wage even if it's a 15 minute job. If you like, come up with a weekly M-F rate. Call it $50 a week instead of $10/day.

                          And beware of responsibility creep - where "while you're feeding could you just..." things get tacked on to the point you aren't getting paid a reasonable amount.


                            I'd just say $10 per feeding, regardless if it's 6 or 11 horses.


                              I would say $25-30., it's not about you being there anyways, it's basically blocking off that time in your life.

                              $10 is great until you have something else you want to do, oh wait, you can't because you have to check on the horses!

                              The going rate for drop in dog sitters is 25 dollars for 30 mins in my area, I would not expect any less when it comes to horses- let alone more than one horse and doing feeding/hay which is more intensive then the dog care.

                              Your choice, if you enjoy it and want to do it for a low price go right ahead. I need it to be worth my time.

                              I don't see why horse people always expect cheap labor, but people do it all the time- both offer low wages and accept low wages.


                                Ahhh....and then complain about the level of services because they don't want to pay more and the people who accept less are often unwilling to take extra care, stay late with a sickie or not show up in bad weather because it's not worth it.

                                OP sounds very responsible but the novelty will wear off and may be times when she's ill or has transportation problems and can't make it meaning the owner has to. Occasionally, that's OK but with many underpaid barn staffers, it's the norm because they don't make enough to really care, that's been my experience in low cost, low paying barns with high turnover in staff.
                                When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                                The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                                  Originally posted by SendenHorse View Post
                                  I would say $25-30., it's not about you being there anyways, it's basically blocking off that time in your life.

                                  The going rate for drop in dog sitters is 25 dollars for 30 mins in my area, I would not expect any less when it comes to horses- let alone more than one horse and doing feeding/hay which is more intensive then the dog care.
                                  It is an interesting comparison with the dog sitting/walking example. I looked into this recently for a friend in a "not so cheap area of NJ," it runs $22 per half hour once a week or $17 per half hour if the client commits to several days a week. This comparison might be something to consider.

                                  If the BO lives on the property and is just looking for a few nights off from night check, she may not have a big budget. However, I would agree with the above posters that $5 is too low.