How much does full livery cost - owner wants to pay me to look after their horse

Russet

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I've been asked by the owner of a horse if I would be interested in looking after him, as she hasn't got the time. I'd like to do it, and would like some idea of how much I should ask for.

It would be the usual - mucking out, feed and water, turn out and bring in, change rugs, hose legs and pick out feet. Obviously this would be two visits a day. Please can you tell me what would be a fair amount for this. I was thinking along the lines of £7-8 a day. Thanks.
 

Jane&Ziggy

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Around here you'd pay £10 per day minimum. £8 sounds very, very reasonable to me! It would depend on whether you have to make a special trip or if you're there already, of course.
 

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One of the yards near me charges £17.00 per day for full livery, to include all what you have stated apart from hosing legs.
 

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My RS yard charges £65 per week for full livery - which works out to be around £9-£9.50 a day.

This includes turn-out, bring in, feet picked, muck out, feed and water.
Hay and straw is included - if you want any other substrate you have to pay for and supply this yourself. And the feed is the standard feed they use - again anything different, you pay/suppy.

If anything else needs to be given/supplied/administered (such as meds or treats/toys), it is by arrangement and a cost is discussed.
 

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Are you there anyway? Or is it a special trip to a yard?

The nearest livery yard to me charges £25 per day for full livery, not including any riding, and she is full! But she does have a very good rep.

Remember just breaking down the £65 down per day does not work as she is still paying for a stable and grazing to the YO, its the services you need to cost up. So if its £65 per day, take away the diy cost..say £25 then divide the £40 by 7 if its 7 days full livery, so £5.72 per day for services....

I would charge around £10 per day if you were not going already as fuel has to be a consideration or I would get her to pay the livery bill for your horse as a trade off maybe, and that could get away from some tax implications if you were to earn money from doing it etc.
 
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Mary Poppins

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My full livery fees (not including riding) are £445 in winter and £260 in summer when he can go out 24/7. I average out summer and winter so pay £373 per month. We have top class facilities and get an excellent service. Absolutetly everything is included and the horses get a very high standard of care.
 

Russet

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Thanks very much for your replies, which are very helpful. I did wonder if what I was thinking of was a bit on the cheap side, as I would be making a special trip there. I'm in Essex which isn't the cheapest area, so maybe £10 a day would be fair, as a few people have suggested.
 

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On our yard, though our yard is mainly DIY. We do provide full, it includes, feeding , changing rugs, turning out, bringing in and mucking out and thats £7 per day. I know my old RS charged £60 a week for full livery- 7 days a week etc and another RS charged £70 a week!
 

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Our yard is DIY predominantly but YO will do 'jobs' or part DIY or even full livery on occasions. There is a list that goes along the lines of £1.50 for t/o or b/in, £2.50 for t/o or b/i Inc rugs etc.
Or she will do full livery for £10 a day. This is just her services - not Inc standard livery, not Inc bedding/hay etc - just the actual services - take out, rugs, bring in, muck out, prep tea/ brek, feet etc.

So I guess that's the equivalent of what you are asking about.
 

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When I was on an assisted yard. I paid £25 per week and I used to have the big man on full livery for a few days per week. I was charged £7 and theu used my own feed, shavings etc. YO was obviously there already so I think £10 would be fair.

I would pay that to have somebody trustworthy look after my beastie.
 

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I have a lovely lady who does mine for me and I pay £10 a day for:-

Morning Visit

2 stables to be mucked out
Haynets put in (already done by me)

Afternoon Visit

Bring in 2 horses
Pick hooves
Feed all 4 horses (again made up by me already)

And I'm in Essex
 

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Blinking ekk id better tell woman on our yard she is undercharging she goes up anyway to her horses but she will give brekky, change rugs and turn out for £1 if you want her to muck out, do water and nets it goes up to £2 and again at night if you want bringing in and change rugs and give tea its another £1
 

Dark Storm

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Blinking ekk id better tell woman on our yard she is undercharging she goes up anyway to her horses but she will give brekky, change rugs and turn out for £1 if you want her to muck out, do water and nets it goes up to £2 and again at night if you want bringing in and change rugs and give tea its another £1

She probably loves doing these things, and already being there, doesn't really see it as anything more than just that..
 
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