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post #1 of 11 Old 06-16-2009, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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What do you look for in a trustworthy stable hand?


I am trying to get a job as a stable hand of sorts at a place just down the street - sad as I am to say it, the job I have at the place Sam's owners have isn't the best (grooming 6 horses once a week for 30.00, and after what I save I only get about 15 of that to spend whenever).

That said, what qualities do YOU guys look for in an honest stable hand? Or, what have you noticed about any hands you know that are nice/honest? I want to make the best first impression ever.

Any help?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-16-2009, 07:17 PM
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I want someone who is competent, not afraid to admit they made a mistake, ask questions, and be calm under pressure. They should be calm and efficient with the horse, and be on time.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-16-2009, 09:44 PM
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The most important thing I look for is that they are reliable, being on time and having integrity is the most important thing for me. Be kind and confident with the horses and not afraid to ask for help or admit to a mistake.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-18-2009, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys!

I think I can fill that order...But what would you have me do if a horse kicked or bit me?
(the whole "admitting to mistakes" thing - I got frustrated with Sam today and lost my patience. I felt really bad and I told my mom I shouldn't have gotten upset at him. Does that fit the bill?

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-18-2009, 06:05 PM
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When I work with my horse, I always make sure I am thorough and correct. I do this on his back and off, and I make sure my equipment is clean, and he is clean, and we are both happy.

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-18-2009, 09:46 PM
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i think most stable owners would be fine with you defending yourself against a kick or bite. if its a concern, i would talk to the prospective employer and ask how they would like you to handle a situation like that. asking shows them that you are willing to learn and open to suggestions, key traits in a stable hand (or any job really)
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-18-2009, 09:50 PM
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I look for someone who can get their tasks done quickly and efficiently, is kind to the horses, even if they don't know how to handle them well, and who knows enough to leave the training end of things to me. They have to be smart enough that if I tell them to leave certain horses alone, they will, and of course, someone who is honest, and on time. Hard to find that kind of help.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-19-2009, 07:18 AM
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What i would look for is someone that is efficient, follows instructions, and can get the job done well, and fast :)
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-22-2009, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, you guys! You guys sound about the same in desires. I'll definitely be workin on that!

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-22-2009, 03:44 PM
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I am not super thrilled with the stable hand at the barnt hat I am with now, because I don't think he truly cares about the horses and pays attention to a lot of things. THe only redeeming quality from my old barn was the stable hand there.

At the barns down here, most of the stable hands do not speak English. I speak very little Spanish but you can generally get the point across and there is usually someone that is fluent around. The guy at my old barn was the nicest man ever. And I knew he took good care of the horses, especially if he knew you and liked you. A lot of the women at the barn had that sterotype of the Spanish speaking stable hand....he was just "beneath" them. But I would strike up "conversations" with him, etc. He knew the horses, he knew when one of them was off or sick and he genuinely cared. My horse got into a fight with her neighbor and had a big chunk taken out of her mouth and every time I turned around her was pulling her out of her stall to check on her and put medicine on it. I wish we could get him at our barn.

I think the best qualities are to be personable, make it a point to know each horse and their owner. Be compassionate and caring and most of all, pay attention. Good luck.
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