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emzs

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emzs says:

freelance grooms what do u pay ?

 help im a freelance instructor ai and ive been asked to do some grooms work on aself employed basics.i have my own insurance.how much do u charge /pay ? do u pay by the hour or job ? also what would u charge to turn out and muck out ect on a diy yard as ive been asked to do some at the yard where my horse is kept thanks for your help emma

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

It's not quite the same, but my daughter has worked at a riding / showing stables near here during her holidays, she was mucking out the show stallions (Dartmoors) most of the time with some bringing in / turning out / grooming and got £40 per day working from about 7.30am to 4.30pm.

She now has another part time job at a small riding stables near her uni in Kent, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, no mucking out, just bringing in / turning out / grooming and tacking up, and schooling some of the ponies. She gets £25 a day for that, but is happy with not much pay as the work is easy, she gets 1 hour off for lunch, and SHE GETS TO RIDE !!

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

It's been about 18 months since I had a freelance groom work for me, but the first charged by the job, she would muck out 3 stables and poo pick the field and charged £35 - basically £10 per stable and £5 to do the field. I only had her a few weeks while I was in plaster!

I then got another girl in which we agreed 4 hours a day 3 times a week, she was meant to muck out the boxes, clear up the field, sweep yard, groom my girl on box rest, do water buckets and generally keep things tidy and clean and she was £7 an hour, or £40 for the day when I needed her to babysit my mare if I was out.

We parted company and I arranged with another freelance when needs must to come and get the horses in if I am delayed working, she wanted £10 to get 3 in - that was fine but she didn't listen to instructions got the wrong horse first so I had a loose horse on the farm, 2 going mental in the field and me getting a call to get home ASAP and a Vet bill where my mare got her leg caught in the gate trying to get back to the other horses - oh and she took the money that had been left in the tack room for her and left the yard leaving the mares in a real state!

 

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scarletromeo

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scarletromeo says:

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i have a morning job on a private yard i work 6days a week (get to choose my day off) and get £10 per morning for feeding, mucking out, and turning out.... it used to take me 90mins but now takes me little over an hour... any other jobs im asked to do such as lunging, bringing in, i get an extra £5.... luckily the yard owner is lovely and doesnt boss me around too much and is always very gratefull... xx

 

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

moodymaresmu,that's awful, it'd people like that that can give us all a bad name =@

i charge £10 an hour for the riding n by the job for groom work, for 3stables to muck out,bring in or turn out 3 horses i charged 12.50 with the discount as im doin intro offers, lol..the woman thought this was too expensive and did them herself with her daughter after about 4 weeks =/ others on the yard laughed n said they'd charge her £10 a box not including the turn out...just can't please some people

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

*chip* I think I am just really unlucky - or I have really difficult horses!  The 2nd groom really upset me as I saw her kicking Welshie in the chest, and there is no excuse for that.  Welshie is very forward and when they come in she is always last so she can be in a bit of a rush, but she knows to stand and wait to let me in the stable first then she can follow in - basically yeah she is in a hurry but knows her manners, anyway she barged and the groom went mental at her.  It was no way to behave with your own horse let alone someone elses, so we parted company and I gave up having help!  This episode was the icing on the cake really, I had already told her if she barges to bring her back out turn her around stand her and walk her in quietly, keep doing it until she does it properly, not beat the crap out of her!

I am a little OCD and if one of the girls does a pile I want it picked up immediately if your on the yard - I left her in charge of 2 of the horses while I was at Rossdales with the 3rd, I came back earlier than expected to find her feet up on the phone in the tack room, no mucking out done so my poorly mare came back from a long journey and had to wait for her stable to be prepared, and the others had box walked the piles so trashed their stables waiting for their friend to come home.

Now I know not all Freelances are like this and I am as I say really unlucky or so it seems.

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CharParsley620

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Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

greyandbay said:

It's not quite the same, but my daughter has worked at a riding / showing stables near here during her holidays, she was mucking out the show stallions (Dartmoors) most of the time with some bringing in / turning out / grooming and got £40 per day working from about 7.30am to 4.30pm.

She now has another part time job at a small riding stables near her uni in Kent, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, no mucking out, just bringing in / turning out / grooming and tacking up, and schooling some of the ponies. She gets £25 a day for that, but is happy with not much pay as the work is easy, she gets 1 hour off for lunch, and SHE GETS TO RIDE !!


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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

deffo unlucky =( gotta say ive had it drilled into me from my instructor who employed me at the riding school and then at her own yard, she was a perfectionist n i think i caught it, bt i dont see the  point in doin a  job half assed =/ maybe its just me but if we ever did do summat lazy or short cuts then Emma would make us do it again until it was done properly, didnt matter if we finished half an hour late, lol...some people are missing a good kick up the jacksy n soe pride in their work, the girl i work with is like this n it kills me as the boss always has a go at me as i a few minutes slower...but my boxes are always twice as good, m horses get real exercise rather than a stand in the paddok while she texts, i love her to bits but it really infruiates me...

rant over, lol

oh, im also OCD on yards...especially straw muck heaps, lol

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Jane Menzies

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Jane Menzies says:

Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

£7 an hour is the going rate where I am, for mucking out three boxes in an hour.

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AMLS

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AMLS says:

Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

When I did this kind of work I used to charge £8 per hour and then travel costs (depending on how far I had to travel) ... always gave an estimate of how much it would be (based on how long I knew it would take me) so that no-one felt cheated/surprised by the bill haha !!! I think this is an easier way to do it rather than charge by the job as you could vary wildly in what you would charge and how you would work it out. For example would you charge more for a difficult horse, if yes then who's to judge that it's a difficult horse ?!! Do you see what I mean ?!! Haha !!!

 

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highlander

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highlander says:

Re: freelance grooms what do u pay ?

£10 per hour for anything. I have been very fair in my cost but I look as it being all the same.

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