06-22-2009, 04:44 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.