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    Question How much does one charge for horse sitting services.

    Ok,
    So I am new to getting paid for baby sitting some horsies. What should I charge?

    My job:
    * Feed three horses in the evening
    * Check water
    * pick up poo if I have the time and it isn't too dark.
    *Wed-Friday

    Over the summer or whenever they want to go on trips I take care of them but what should I charge just for three days?

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    I charge $15 a day, whenever I horse sit. That is feeding 2 times a day, checking water. A little bit extra if they need anything else.

    I would charge 45 for 3 days

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    Are you next door or do you have to drive/get a ride there? When I animal-sat I would only do so for neighbours within walking/horseback riding/quadding distance in nice weather (further in winter when my sister would drive me in exchange for gas money). I charged $60 for a long weekend (when most everyone would go on holiday) for feeding two dogs, three cats and doing a quick check on the house (switch lights, take messages off machine, double check locks and windows), water plants outside. I also made sure the auto-waterer for the horses and cattle was up and running. The livestock was all out on pasture so I also did two walkabouts a day to make sure nobody was injured (exersising the dogs at the same time). My visit would last about an hour to an hour and a half.

    I figure if people can afford to go on holiday they can afford $20 a day to ensure their farm and their beasts are well taken care of. I always gave $10 discounts to repeat clients (and all but one hired me again...the one lady lost a newly planted bush and blamed me, even though her cats were pooping in the soil around it, ha ha ha!)

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    lets see. i horse sit for a family i go to church with during the summer. i actually horse/house/dog/cat sit for them. it's super easy though. I feed/water all animals (horses, dogs and cats) twice a day. clean stalls as needed, bring in/turn out horses, the dogs live outside so i just feed them and check water, and the cats live upstairs in the girls' rooms so i just have to keep them up there, feed/water them and clean their litter box. PLUS they let me stay in their house, swim in their pool, and eat their food, and pretty much do what i want! lol

    they're usually gone for one to two weeks at a time...i get payed $300 a week. so that translates into...$43 a day, i believe!!! i wish i could have that job..like, everyday!
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    I wish I knew to charge before I did it for free for a week last year, and another week this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmdstar View Post
    I wish I knew to charge before I did it for free for a week last year, and another week this year.
    aww! yeah. depending on who you're sitting for, you can make some pretty decent pocket change!! at least you know now!
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    Most people I knoe who do it for a living charge $18.00/ hour. but I think that is for doing stalls/feeding/turnout. so i would say $15.00 a day or so is good.
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    If you are only going in the evening, you might want to go between 10 and 15 a day. Think about what they can afford, if you want to be able to afford you again. How much of your time this is really going to take. Be fair to yourself and to them.

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    If you have to drive there special I would tack on an extra $15 to the $15 each, so that would make it $20 for each.

    If you are there already, I would say $15 each.

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