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.