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post #21 of 27 Old 07-23-2014, 07:37 PM
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You haven't got a job in the horse industry because, plain & simple, there is no money in the horse industry. A money losing industry doesn't have well paid, needing a degree positions. Most jobs are shovelling manure out of stalls and those positions are done by minimum wage employees trying to pay for board or lessons. Sure there is a few positions that pay well, but you land those jobs by WHO you know not by WHAT you know.

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post #22 of 27 Old 07-29-2014, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Well...

I am home again. I did part of the trail period at the new job but decided against it, even though I was very torn. The yard was very strict and the bosses were rude. I worked really hard to get my degree and this job was nothing I hadn't done before so decided against it. I thought that I would be learning so much about Equine rehabilitation but I didn't at all. I also felt that it wouldn't be right for my horse, my number one man as I would have had to look after him their way. It wasn't somewhere I enjoyed being put it that way! Maybe if I had been able to live at home and escape it for a few hours a day it would have been fine but the hours I worked out were 12 hours a day, so 84 hours a week for 80/week (upped to 100/week after a month). So I would have been working **** hard for less than 1/hour, no thanks. Its a shame though.

I am glad I have a part time horsey job at the weekends even though the show season is nearly over. At least I have time to so some work around the yard at home for now! The search goes on.

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post #23 of 27 Old 07-29-2014, 04:48 PM
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I know the struggle. I too have a degree in training and here in the states a degree in riding means nothing. Almost laughable. I currently work in the auto industry but I am looking to get back into training here very shortly. Opportunities to do what you love only come up once in a while. Yes it's less money, yes it's hard work, yes it's a hard living. But I'd rather be making a lot less and wake up excited to go to work, than be making more at a job I hate.
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post #24 of 27 Old 03-02-2015, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Well,

My life took a slight turn. In the weeks that followed me leaving that job, I got an email from an ex-international rider in Japan! He runs his own riding school and training centre and was looking for grooms from around the world to go there for three months work experience. Of course I leaped at the offer as Japan is always a place that I have wanted to visit. I got on the plane 5 DAYS after I found out I was going xD

And that three months, was three of the best n my life :) Amazing horses, amazing people and amazing scenery at the base of mt. Fuji. I wish I could stay... But I am afraid that I am such a Brit at heart that I missed home too much to be able to live there. I am glad to be home but even gladder of the experience :) I now have a wonderful reference from the boss there and hope that it will get me somewhere in the UK.

I have recently applied for a groom job for the RSPCA. Looking after and rehabilitating rescue horses which is basically, my dream job. I am happy with my application, so fingers crossed.

I hope that you are all well :) x
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post #25 of 27 Old 03-02-2015, 07:08 AM
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wow!! What an experience.

I can understand your need to go home - I came to Ireland for 3 months to ride horses, decided to stay a year and I'm still here. I'd give darn near anything to get back home, I miss it terribly and battle my homesickness often. It was considerably worse since having my kids.

Would love to see some pics!

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post #26 of 27 Old 03-02-2015, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I will definitely get some pictures on here at some point. I might put them in a new thread though and put the link here.
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post #27 of 27 Old 03-03-2015, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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My horsey experience, Japan in pictures. Here is the link to the thread with some pictures if you haven't seen them already. Pretty Japan :)
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