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post #1 of 8 Old 04-06-2014, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Getting out in the horse world-Advice is welcomed

Hi all,

My name is Livi and I'm looking for some advice on how to get started in the horse industry. I currently live in a small town in Colorado and I'm ready to try somewhere new, especially if there is a horse opportunity tied to it.

Just a little about myself: I'm 18, graduated high school and will be 19 in early June. I lived with my parents after having graduated high school and am now attended community college. However, I'm finding that the college route might not be right for me.

I worked with horses from around ages 10 to to 15. I even worked at a nearby ranch one summer.

I left the horse world for a bit to pursue some other activities in high school, but I'd love to get back into it.

I've started looking around online for "working student" and "apprenticeship" type jobs-especially if room and board was available. However, I'm finding that most of them require substantial riding experience, especially in areas like dressage and show jumping. I prefer English riding but have less experience just because of the lack of that type of riding opportunity I've had.

I'm surely not a complete novice, but I haven't ridden in a few years, and have never done dressage. However, I'm willing to learn and I do know my way around a horse as far as grooming and dealing with an unruly horse.

I'm wondering where or how I should look for a job with horses. I am willing to do a lot of grunt work as long as someone shows me how and I get some return for it (riding lessons or such).

I have a good work ethic, and have good references from various jobs I've worked (horse and non-horse).

And if by some chance you know of a job that might be looking for someone like me-I'm open to hearing that too.

Thanks so much for any advice and/or insight.

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-06-2014, 05:00 PM
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What helped me was - I did my research of finding the stables that interested me. Then I would write them a good letter, explaining who I am and that I'd like to come work there. Along the lines of what you wrote in your post. As long as you are polite, yet warm in your letter - you have a good chance! Often the stable won't post ads like 'searching for a groom', because they either don't have time to write the ad or are just thinking about it and haven't decided if they want anyone yet. That way you can be possibly a first candidate for the job.
People will value that you are brave enough to write to them - or call, if you prefer that. I'd suggest being a groom at first, or help around the stable if you get the option. You can work your way up from there usually. Good luck :)

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-09-2014, 08:30 PM
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Not sure where in CO you are, but there will be some good polo at the McCabe Ranch in Steamboat Springs in July and August. Some players and teams start showing up in June.

You will get lots of horse handling and lots of saddle time. Plus, polo folks throw great barbeques and other parties. Just a bonus.

Pay varies. Quality of co-workers varies. Housing varies.

Whatever you find, whatever the discipline, enjoy!
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-11-2014, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for both of your guy's advice. Boots- I tried looking up the ranch you suggested and I couldn't find anything on the web. Do you know of a number I could reach them by or if perhaps the ranch has a different official name or such? I'm looking at some job postings on but this could be a good back-up.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-13-2014, 06:11 AM
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McCabe Ranch in Snowmass comes up in a search. The polo club is called Rose Spur. It wouldn't do you much good to contact the club.

Polo people would be there in July and August. If you don't find anything through yardandgroom before then, it might be worth dropping in at a game and going to the trailers.
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-30-2014, 09:41 AM
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I just posted working student positions on the forum! Are you still looking? We are in FL.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-05-2014, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Good news- I have found a position, so I no longer need offers. However, I know I got lucky and the search for working student/introduction to the horse business type positions can be extremely overwhelming especially when you feel under-qualified. I think I might make a new conversation concerning that. I'd like to help. Thanks again for everyone's advice and offers :)
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