Previously, we highlighted braiding as one opportunity for riders to help supplement their income and horse habit. Side hustles are an integral part of today’s culture (see the May issue of Heels Down Magazine for more on this!), and in an industry where one must exercise caution when it comes to accepting compensation it’s beneficial to know where you can capitalize on opportunity.
As with any business, look for the opportunities that present themselves. For example, how often do you go to a show where your hotel is miles away and you find yourself worrying about your horses? Sure, you did a night check, but it’s an awful long drive to get back in a hurry…
Enter a night check person – and this could be you! If you have a trailer with living quarters or another sleeping arrangement that typically keeps you on the show grounds, this is a great opportunity to earn some side cash. Most people would love the added peace of mind knowing that someone nearby can check on their horses.
If this is a side gig that appeals to you, there’s nothing stopping you! Post up at your local show next time around and post on social media and perhaps a few flyers around the grounds that you’re offering services. Be clear and concise with your wording and fair with your pricing. Be careful not to take on more than you can handle – don’t offer to check on 15 horses when in reality you only have time to check on 5.
Of course, you want to be sure that you are properly educated in what to look for when it comes to colic or other ailments, and you should be comfortable working on your own. For these reasons, this isn’t a gig for everyone. But offering a look-in before bed, a water or hay refill, or even a hand walk (depending on your experience and comfort level) are all examples of things that some people are happy to hand off to someone else.