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post #1 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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In abit of a Pickle

hey guys, well I got some good news and some not so good news.

Today i was drivin to KFC to get some lunch before I got there i got a strange phone call from a number i did not recognize, and i thought "well might as well answer it" because i usually dont answer numbers i dont know. Anyways it turned out to be a lady from a Ranch in Minco, Oklahoma. We talked for abit and she told me she saw my ad i had posted on (job place) and that she was interested in hirin me. Well i asked what would i be doin and she told me that she need help TRAININ horses and the other stuff that comes along with a ranch job. BUT, she acted as though i had years of experience trainin horses, even though i told her i didnt have much experience i did have some knowledge but i wasnt like JDI (Allie A.K.A Justdressageit) smart.

Because she was like, "you can either work for me, or you can be self employed and use my equipement." Also i asked her how much i would be makin if i where to be hired and she said that she could not tell me at the moment because somethin about gettin she still needs to get insurance to know how much or somethin..

I am abit worried about this job, and even tho its the job i REALLY want. I am doubtful because i am takin a gamble of givin up my current job at ACE hardware who is cheatin me in pay (IMO).

Also this Ranch is about a good 45 minute drive from the Edmond area.

That is the link, and she told me that it hasn't been updated in awhile because of there grand openin and other stuff.

I need some advice, because this could be my BIG BREAK to finally get into a Ranch. I finally get the chance to prove i am a hard worker and i know stuff about horses, and to finally work with a trainor and learn MORE!

What do you guys think?

*cookie for those who read all that*

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 03:53 AM
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**Yummy cookie** Thankyou.

It looks a gorgeous place Brandon.

If its your dream, you need to go for it. Why not go for a visit first, have a good look around, have a good chat with the lady to see what is actually involved and take it from there.
Try and book a couple of days off work, so you have chance to take a look and think it over.
It could be the break/job you've been waiting for.

And stop selling yourself short, everyone has to start somewhere.
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 09:50 AM
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Brandon..... You are young and energetic... You seem to have more than your fair share of common sence. I think you would do fine. Sometimes we doubt our own talents, thats just being human. You would most likely THRIVE in a place like that. I mean really, ACE? You could totally replace that job with one at Lowes or Home Depot really easily if this horsey place didn't work out.

I just can't see you not chasin' your dreams! Go for it!

thanks you ...but...*passes on the cookie* I'm so full

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #4 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 10:51 AM
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oh id say go for it....i worked at ACE Hardware here in Magnolia...i didnt think they were all that great on payin me either...but this job sounds like it could be a wonderful job! im with Dumas on this one...visit the place and try it out..if it is what you want it would probably be worth the drive!!

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 12:18 PM
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Imma have to agree with Dumas here. I would arrange for a time to go out and visit, maybe take a weekend off from your other job, and try your hand at your potential new one? It cant hurt!

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post #6 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 12:27 PM
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I looks like a really nice place :)

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post #7 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 07:26 PM
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I would go and look around and see if you like the atmosphere and the way the horses are treated. Who knows, if you don't like the way they are treated, maybe if you were the trainer, you could turn that around! But I would go and look around first before saying yes.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison
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post #8 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the advice, well i talked to her today and we are gonna meet on monday to talk fully about everythin. I am gonna make sure nothin is misunderstood or nothin.

I try and make every decision, dealin with stuff thats important, very carefully.

I love my horse. She is the wind beneath my wings.

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post #9 of 17 Old 06-13-2008, 11:20 PM
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The thing about the horse business is... It's HARD to make a go of it. I personally think the best time to take your shot at it, is now. You are young and you don't have a family to support, but you have one to fall back on if you need to. Do it. You won't regret it if you fall flat on your face because you can always pick yourself up and start over or start something new, but you will regret it if you never try..... Know what I maen? You grow up fast and once you are "grown up" there is no going back...... good luck!
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-14-2008, 01:12 AM
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Ok, you'll prolly hate me for being different, but my trainer has taught me to be very skeptical now-a-days in the horse business.

Here are my reasons why I honestly think you shouldn't take the job.....

1. That insurance thing, it just worries me for some reason

2. You haven't started a colt yet, you might be able to get by with an easy one, but a problem one has a good chance of seriously hurting you

3. quote from their website "Our trainers are experienced in all phases of colt starting and horse training and can provide references upon request."

4. If you mess up know, that will pretty much blow your chances of getting a ranch job later

5. Sorry to say this, but you don't have enough knowledge yet (IMO) i'm just saying, starting a colt before you have a mastery of leads is a bad idea

6. They do a lot with cutting horses, and prolly train a lot of them.... you don't have experience with cutting so this would end badly

7. colt starting is DANGEROUS! you can get physically hurt really bad, sorry, but i don't think you would know where to begin at first and what to do next and when to do something........ my trainer has been starting colts for 50+ years and knows exactly what to do and when to do it, but still has a long list of horror stories

8. I know other people who have tried to do this kind of thing when they thought they were ready but really weren't, they ended up sending the horses to other trainers and got paid for doing the training or didn't train them at all or even feed them..... it ends in bad publicity and even law suits......

I'm only saying all this cus I don't want to see you posting again about things turning out badly...... please try to understand, i know when i got told I shouldn't train my own horse I balled for days, but my trainer was right..... i had no idea what lateral or vertical flexion was, or really even leads and lead changes, or impulsion, or being on the vertical, or rounding the back, or biting or even types of bits for that matter........

please understand this, because you can't believe how much you don't know until you know it.... i've learned this from experience.... right now my advice for you is to get some books and DVD's about training horses and work a lot w/ your trainer.... and see if you get can a job cleaning stalls, exercising horses, or grooming horses until you are more ready for a training position
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