How to Make Money for Your Horse As a Teen

Four Parts:Working at the barn or stablesPart-time jobsSellingSaving

Let us face the hard truth. Horses, some of our dearest friends, are money holes. Whether we are purchasing a new horse, taking care of boarding expenses, going to the feed store, repairing tack, growing out of show clothes, or realizing it has been three months since the horses have been shod; we are spending money. This can be hard for an adult, what is the young rider supposed to do? Here are some ideas.

Part 1
Working at the barn or stables

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    Start at the barn. Talk to the manager and other boarders to see if there are any chores that you can do.
    • Mucking stalls is a classic, and it will build your muscles and stamina for riding!
    • Find out if anyone would like his or her horse groomed either spur of the moment or on a regular basis. If you know a show is going on, be sure to be available for grooming.
    • Learn how to braid manes and tails too. Folks headed for shows will pay as high as sixty dollars for a well-braided mane.
    • Allow other people to ride or take a lesson on your horse. Some people like to ride but do not want to own a horse themselves and will gladly give you several bucks for an hour or two on yours.

Part 2
Part-time jobs

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    Try to get a part time job.
    • Maybe someone is going to be out of town, is sick, or has other duties that make caring for their horse a difficulty. Offer to horse sit. You will be able to do their chores and get some experience with a horse other than your own.
    • If you can get a position helping a trainer, take it if at all possible. Not only will you be able to work with different horses, warming them up, cooling them down, taking their tack off most likely, you will be able to watch the trainer train and give lessons. She may also teach you a few things so you can be more helpful.
    • Another job you can get is working with someone else’s horse. Possibly exercising them or doing some groundwork.
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    Talk to your horsey friends, and see if they have anything they’d like you to do.
    • Maybe that chaotic tack room needs organizing. Learn to clean tack; saddles and bridles need to be cleaned and oiled regularly.
    • You may get a regular job. In the spring, when the turnout blankets are taken off, they will need to be scrubbed down before they are stored for the winter.
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    Do some jobs that the neighbors ask you to do. These jobs may include babysitting, pet-sitting, pulling weeds, walking their dog walking, shoveling snow, or wash their car(s).
    • Do dog-sitting/dog-walking. If you like dogs, introduce yourself to some neighbors with dogs and let them know that you'd be happy to dog-sit or dog-walk for them.
    • Babysitting is a great way to earn money fast while having fun, too. Make sure to have fun with the kids so you will be asked to babysit more than once.
    • Doing odd jobs around the house might get you some money, depending on your parent's philosophy about payment for house help. Here are some odd jobs you could do: washing up, dusting, watering plants, vacuuming, polishing wood furniture, cooking, picking up anything off the floor, or wiping down the mantle piece.
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    Run a lemonade stand. You could either walk around with a small cart with plastic cups and a bottle of lemonade/refreshments and a tin for money or you could walk around the streets or around the park saying "Hi would you like some lemonade?" Depending on the size of your cups, you can set your own prices.
    • Set up a table next to a park. Under the table, store lemonade refreshments and extra plastic cups.
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    Be sure to tell people what you are selling things for. If they know you have the goal of getting a horse or making enough to save up for the horse, they might be more generous.

Part 3

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    Bake. If you like to bake, try some recipes for horse treats (there are lots on the internet) or invent your own. Find a few that your horse likes and start making them and offer a set amount for a fair price, try to beat the feed store if you can.
    • You can have some fun with this one! Find old horse treat containers and make new inventive labels with reminders to buy more when the treats are gone.
    • Leave out a few boxes of horse cookies; maybe you will find a new customer.
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    Sell fresh produce. If you have room for a garden full of fruit or veggies, sell produce. For example, grow watermelon and set out a stand and sign by the street. The best part is, you don't even have to be out there with the stand the whole time! Just set out a money box for people to put theirs in (honor system).
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    Clean your tack room and your closet. Have a sale of all that extra tack too-small riding clothes you do not/cannot use anymore.
    • See if other horsey friends would like to sell their stuff too for a small commission.
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    Sell online. If you do not have time for a full on sale, you can sell your stuff through the internet, in the classifieds, or at a friend's garage sale.
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    Sell things you've made yourself. Make things such as jewelry, bookmarks, pin cushions, saddle pads, soap, bubble bath, and animal treats. Sell these items at car booths. Another idea would be to buy some grooming kits, and decorate the brushes with a waterproof pen. You could sell all the stuff in the list above on your own web store or perhaps buy a market stall.

Part 4

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    Control your spending and make a few sacrifices. Horse wise, that means no new tack unless you need it. When you do, try to get it second hand or on sale.
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    Cut spending outside of your horse life. Do you need that candy bar? Those sneakers? Think about how the money could go toward your horse instead.
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    Try collecting change from your regular purchases. Put it in safe box or jar. It'll really add up!
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    Count all of the money that you have. If possible, ask your parents to put it in the bank to earn interest (the bank adds money to your account in exchange for using your money).


  • Always use integrity and put your full effort in when working for someone. They pay better and will be more likely to come back for more!
  • Try yard work. Doing yard work may not be fun, but it still earns you money. Ask your parents if they know of anyone who would be interested in some help with yard work. You can mow lawn, pick weeds, plant flowers, rake leaves, etc.
  • List all of the ways you can think of to earn money. Add these if they aren't already listed here.
  • If you are planning on getting a horse, you will need to know how to ride, so horseback riding lessons are a good choice. You will also need to know everything you can about horses including riding: walk, trot, and canter, tacking up: saddle, bridle, halter, lead rope, martingale, etc., grooming: brushing, washing, etc., and vet stuff for example the farrier. If you are not familiar with any of these things, you are probably not ready to own a horse.
  • Try searching jobs for your age group on the Internet. You won't find any 9-5 jobs because of the Child Labor Law, but you might find other small jobs that would be helpful to earn money.


  • When working with a new horse ask the owner about anything about the horse you need to be aware of to be safe and spend some time getting to know him yourself.
  • Remember, it's not so much the price of the horse as it is keeping the horse. Make sure you have enough money to keep your horse as well as own it.
  • It would also be a good decision to ask your horseback riding instructor if you are ready. They will give you an honest answer and maybe help if you are not ready.
  • Make sure you are experienced with horses; you could get seriously injured if not.
  • Putting up posters for small jobs in your neighborhood is okay, but might not be safe in an area where strangers who read it have your phone number.

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