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post #1 of 5 Old 12-11-2009, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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I want to work with horses. When I say that, I mean that I would like to care for them, routine maintenance, and be taught to ride/train horses, more extensively. Basically, all aspects of being around these great creatures.

I already work at the local horse boarding and training facility several days a week and even on the weekend. I also assist with giving lessons regularly to younger students and those who are around my age, of all levels and riding experience. I've trained a young, unbroken Mustang Gelding from the time he was a colt. I've also ridden and trained various horses that belong to my friends and coworkers. I have been riding horses since I could walk, but have only been doing it seriously (competitively) for the last four years, which is how long I've been working at this stable, High Point Stables. I can successfully ride English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, English Show (Hunter/Jumper, Equitation), Western Show (Barrel Racing) & Training/Breaking In Young Horses.

I am fourteen years old, but don't let that hold you back. I am not looking for "cash" in exchange for my work, instead, I'm looking for possibly free lessons every so often and the likes. The horse stables around where I live have very kind owners, and are welcoming of young riders to help out. I would like to start a sort-of training internship and work at a stable with many horses, to learn as much as possible about every aspect. I'm pretty decent, and have watched my trainers, along with many of the boarders who are EXCELLENT riders. I listen extremely carefully to everything they say and do, but have received no "formal" training (flat). I have received many professional LESSONS and various English Show experiences, but none in actual TRAINING.

I am located in Boca Raton, Florida (in case you are nearby) and have extensive knowledge of how to: Feed, Water, Groom (For Shows, or Everyday, I do a WONDERFUL job), Tack-Up, Un-Tack, Hose Down, Bathe, Walk (To Dry), Muck, Shavings, Worm, Body Clip (Face, Body, Legs, Tail), Pull Mane & Tail, Clean Tack, Ride and Setting Up Jump Courses. I also am very interested in becoming an Equine Veterinarian, so I'm aware of major horse body parts and various diseases/illnesses/injuries horses can get if not properly cared for.

I would like to get some sort of an idea of what would be expected of me if I were in search of a part-time, or full-time career, and finding a trainer that would be willing to work with me. Obviously, basics, like what kind of horses I have worked with, what kind of work I have done, and so on. Let's pretend I'm applying for this job and you all are my employers. Please ask me all of the questions you would MAKE SURE to ask someone who was interested in being around your horses. I'll answer them all completely honestly and to the best of my ability. My main focus is to see how qualified I am and what I need to work on/improve on.

Thank You Ahead Of Time!

~Lauren
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2009, 02:34 PM
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Let's see....
*How long have you been working around horses?
*Have you had any previous employers?
*Do you use any methods of revolutionary horse trainers when training a horse? If so, who?
*How much time do you have to dedicate to your interest in veterinary practice?
*Can you look at a horse and be able to pinpoint major and minor conformation faults, and how they would affect a horse's performance?
*Are you quick to recognize signs of illnesses like Distemper, Equine Infectious Amemia, Colic, etc?
*Do your peers and mentors consider you to have a good work ethic?

Lol I'm only 13 so that's all I can think of right now:)
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2009, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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*How long have you been working around horses? I have been working around horses for a large majority of my life. I used to do trail rides with a friend of mine when I was younger, my cousin also has two horses that I ride/train for her, I have been working at a professional horse back riding facility (boarding, lessons and training) for four years now.
*Have you had any previous employers? Yes, I currently work at High Point Stables. If it counts, I was also hired by my cousin to do a large variety of work on her horses.
*Do you use any methods of revolutionary horse trainers when training a horse? If so, who? Not particularly, my own methods seem to work for me. However, I am PRETTY flexible and if someone needed their horse trained a specific way, then I would work around that, obviously.
*How much time do you have to dedicate to your interest in veterinary practice? I might start leasing my gorgeous pony (YAY!), so I would be around horses a whole LOT more. However, I do plan on dedicating years of my future to veterinary practices.
*Can you look at a horse and be able to pinpoint major and minor conformation faults, and how they would affect a horse's performance? Yes, I am able to pick out when horses look "off" in the ring, I am also able to pinpoint major areas of a horses' anatomy and parts of the hooves.
*Are you quick to recognize signs of illnesses like Distemper, Equine Infectious Amemia, Colic, etc? I'm young, so I'm not a professional vet. I can DEFINITELY pick out when a horse is cribbing and in colic as I have had many over the years who have done this.
*Do your peers and mentors consider you to have a good work ethic? Yes, and I do not mean to brag either. I have had many of boarders (much older than myself) compliment me on my riding and training skills. I've also been told that I manage my Mustang, Cody, extremely well.

Lol I'm only 13 so that's all I can think of right now:)

~Lauren
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-12-2009, 07:06 PM
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Just wondering why you made another thread about the exact same thing? :S
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-13-2009, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Savvylover112,
The other thread was getting crowded with responses that were heading off topic.

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