At my barn they offer an option for peope to work off their board, by feeding, mucking stalls, etc. Not all barns have it but you could ask and Im sure you could work something out! Also, braiding at hunter shows can earn you a lot of money in a short amount of time! All horses at A and AA shows need to be braided and people will hire someone to braid their horse for $60+! If you practiced and became good at it, it would be a fun way to still be able to hang out with (sometimes very fancy) horses and make some money while doing it!