Horse groom - what do you think
I'm really determined to find myself a horse groom position but I don't know if my experience is enough for an employer. I also have an university degree but it's not at all related with horses, it's a Philosophy degree and unfortunately it's not something that gives me to many areas where I can find work. Working with horses is the only area that I like were I have some experience. Here is my work experience:
"- oct. 2008 - oct. 2011 : working as a volunteer at the Bucharest horse shelter "Steaua Sperantei" . Main responsabilities: treating wounds, administer medications (IV shots, IV fluids, muscle and subcutaneous shots, pills etc), grooming, bathing horses, lounging and light riding, tacking up, handling problem horses, stallions and young horses, taking care of old horses and malnourished horses, mucking out, feeding, watering, sole charge, assisting the vet.
- oct. 2011 - present date: working as an assistant trainer at a private farm near Bucharest . Responsibilities: helping with training, lounging, light riding, helping with lessons, tacking up, clipping, bandaging, plaiting, administer medications, cleaning tack.
Specialities: lounging, plaiting, clipping, tacking up, grooming, working with young horses, handling stallions, handling aggressive and problem horses, equine first aid (know how to treat wounds, IV shots, muscle shots, subcutaneous shots), feeding/watering, bandaging, riding intermediate level."
I'm searching for jobs abroad. In Romania working as a groom you only earn 200 - 300 euros monthly and you really don't have what to learn from there. You just muck, feed, water, groom, tack, un-tack and keep the yard clean. That's all that you have to do so because of that all the grooms/stable hands are man without education, with drinking problems, that have nothing else to do, they don't even like horses much. I don't want to work as a groom in Romania because of the small wage and the status of the average employee.
I would like to find a job in UK or in Germany but for the moment they don't give work permits to Romanians easily. Romanians tend to have a bad reputation abroad because of the Gypsies. Gypsies are he biggest minority in my country. They tend to be unemployed people, with not so good work and living ethics. They usually beg and steal for a living. I'm not a racist but all the gypsies that I've seen are not very honorable persons. Abroad they are called Romani/Romany so it resembles Romanian. Romanian is a people that lives in Romania, gypsies are Romanians also but not all Romanians are gypsies, just a minority are gypsies. So that's why being a Romanian doesn't help me to much in finding a job.
I would like a job where I could have the opportunity to improve my knowledge about horses, about training them, better grooming and handling techniques maybe even to improve my riding. What do you think? Is my experience enough for a groom position?
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