Studies have been done on how being with horses helps the human. It's pretty hard to find a job that actually benefits humans in more ways than one.
Being part of the day-to-day care of horses has benefits that you may not have thought about.
For the older adolescent or teen, I think it's one of the best jobs they can have, especially if they love horses, or animals in general.
Reducing their time on electronic devices, thereby decreasing their health risks from device emissions
Learn to work as a team
Improve communication skills
Learn good work ethics
The importance of money
Learn to work independently
Learn time management skills
Builds self-esteem and empowerment
Teaches patience and trust
*Keeps them physically active
*Reduces stress and anxiety levels
Being part of the day-to-day care of horses is also great for helping to maintain long term health for adults. The items with an asterisk above are beneficial to adults too. Some of the others may be beneficial to adults as well.
Reduces exposure to electronic device emissions
Can reduce angry feelings
Can help fight depression
Generally leads to better sleeping
Can lower heart rate and blood pressure
Provides a low stress work atmosphere
It never hurts to contact an equine facility to see if they are looking for help. Some, like us, are willing to allow workers to barter for all or part of lessons and/or boarding, So, if you're always dreamt about learning to ride, but you've felt the cost was prohibitive, bartering may be what can make that dream come true.
Unfortunately the rise in prices for just about anything and everything recently may have you in a position where maintaining your horse is becoming a struggle. Maybe putting a couple of evenings a week into helping with the day-to-day care of horses that are boarded and/or used for lessons may be just what will help reduce some of the stress you are dealing with.
When you get the chance some time at the end of a day, sit down in a barn on a bale of hay and listen to the horses munching away. It will wash whatever stress you may be feeling right away.