Why can't you work weekends?
The point of getting a second job would be so that I can show more consistently than maybe once or twice a year. If I'm working weekends it kind of defeats the purpose.
Sure I could show without moving Monty/getting the lessons, and could probably make one or two shows every month, which is a reasonable showing load for a fit horse and rider... but our scores would remain consistently dreadful in the dressage phase [we event] and I have resolved not to upgrade until our dressage scores improve... meaning we'll be stuck at 18" for a while yet. He's 17, it's only a matter of time before he gets to the point where he needs to start slowing down and I want to learn as much from him as possible before that happens.
More than happy to do nights [just not Fri/Sat/Sun nights, for above reason], early mornings, whatever. But because I already have a job, and it's casual meaning my hours can change at little to no notice, yeah I would need someone who is flexible [plus I really need someone who understands that sometimes when you have horses crap happens - vet visits, or, god forbid, colic...]. Afternoons are not an available time slot because that's what I typically work.
For me ideally I would like something early morning like dairy work, or something with harness racers. Harness racing in particular interests me greatly because I live across the road from the trotting club's training track, and there are a LOT of harness trainers in very easy walking distance from my house. My parents can only shuttle me to and from ONE job and I don't have my license yet so walking distance is a pretty big factor.
Either I have to find something that will fit in between showing and my current job, or I have to accept that I'm not hitting the show ring as heavily as I intend to.
The economy in Australia isn't great but at least it's not totally in the toilet like the US! We have unemployment rates somewhere around the 5% mark and falling, retail figures are rising... while a low unemployment figure means fewer jobs going, it also means better job security because it's harder for employers to find unemployed people.
Unfortunately for me nothing I'm really interested in pays particularly well so I'm just going to have to struggle through until I have the experience, feel and timing to train for a living. Or until I find a rich horsey husband