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Part time Jobs to support your horse habit...

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  • Part time Jobs to support your horse habit...

    I have been working as a Bartender for the past 3 years to support my horse habit. My schedule was great, every other Friday and Sat 7:30pm- 2:00 am. This schedule allowed me time to ride during the week after my full time job and also allowed me to show occasionally. However I recently had to quit suddenly and am wondering what avenue should I pursue. Bartenders make good money but it is going to be difficult to find that schedule again. I can't work till 2 Am during the week since I work full time as well 8-5 Mon-Fri.

    I am in a good spot considering I am currently horseless but I am looking and will be going to look at a horse next weekend. The barn I am at will let me work every other weekend to reduce my board by half. But I really need something else to support my horse habit and do all the things I want to do, training, clinics, lessons etc.

    So what do you all do to bring in a little extra income that still allows time to ride 3-5 days a week?
    The Love for a Horse is just as Complicated as the Love for another Human being, If you have never Loved a Horse you will Never Understand!!!

  • #2
    Before I had DD, I used to babysit, teach (a million!) up-down lessons, and worked a few hours a week at a different barn to bring in some extra cash. I also e-mailed around in the summertime to see if anybody need workers at horse shows. I announced a few times for local shows and it was a BLAST! The money was good, people were really nice, and I got fed. Plus you get the best seats in the house!

    Perhaps look around and see if there are any other local farms in your area looking for somebody to do PM chores during the week, or am/pm chores on the weekend.

    If you go the route of teaching up/downers, just be warned that in a lot of places you'll lose your ammy status. I had to switch from showing Adult Am. to Open on the AQHA circuit because I recieved money for services, and got in trouble because nobody told me.

    Babysitting is pretty sweet money too, and most of the time it's more nights/weekends.

    Good luck!


    • #3
      I work every-other Saturday at a feed store. Not only is the small extra income helpful, but I get a generous discount as well. Nothing like getting paid to work out! I've also greatly widened my list of horsey contacts, which has come in handy not only for me, but for friends looking for/selling horses or services. I love it! It's a nice change from my boring, sit in front of a computer all day long full time desk job.


      • Original Poster

        I like that Idea Rush! A feed store would be perfect! I wish I was more knowledgeable about more horsie things. I had thought about braiding or clipping but I'm not experienced enough at those things yet and definitely can't be giving lessons my self. I've only been riding again 3 years.
        The Love for a Horse is just as Complicated as the Love for another Human being, If you have never Loved a Horse you will Never Understand!!!


        • #5
          Heck, most of the guys who work full time at the feed store don't know much about horses, and NONE of them actually own any. They can rattle off facts and figures, but that doesn't always really help or inform people with specific questions. It would also be a good way for you to increase your knowledge, too! And my boss loves the fact that I'm strictly part-time, not looking for more hours and have insurance provided somewhere else. It's a win-win for both of us.