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post #1 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Job anywhere in Alberta Canada!

22, currently live in Ontario I have 14 years of experience with horses; exercising, some training, barn maintenance at many different places including an Equine Vet clinic, and some experience breezing racing quarter horses. I don't have a specific discipline, I love jumping and I have recently learned the utmost importance of having a stronger topline and true collection. I unfortunately do not have much experience with Western, but I am seriously dying to learn. I also received a lariat rope for Christmas, and have been practicing on my homemade dummy (there are pictures of it on my page) and I would love to get better, and actually use any roping skills I may have on something other than a dummy. My long term goals are to become a horse trainer, and open up a tack shop.

Where I live, horses are mainly used for showing. I am tired of the Politics, the anxiety, the questionable training/behavior correction methods and the overall attitudes. I want to experience working on a Ranch where there are hundreds of acres of pasture for horses and cattle. I want to learn to work herds by horseback, how to Dr cattle and rope properly instead of for sport and learn different methods of horse training. I know I have little to no experience, but I am motivated and dedicated.

I need to work in a paid position (minimum wage works fine). I am also in need of accommodation.
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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I was having no luck with Kijiji or Job bank so i figured I would post here
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Help?

I know this doesn't belong here, I have a post in the Jobs forum as well.

I am desperately trying to find a paid job in Alberta, Canada as a ranch hand or the like. I've tried Kijiji, Job bank, anything else i could think of but i'm not finding much. If anyone could help it would be much appreciated :)
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 03:13 PM
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Just something to start: there is still lots of showing out west, in all disciplines. And politics. And most definitely questionable techniques and behaviours. You still may not find the "sanctuary" you want out here.

But anyways, look more to feed lots. They are always hiring. The job does get brutal some times of the year but it is more of an "in" to the industry out here until you can meet people and be allowed out as a ranch hand. Lots of ranches want the help that already knows it. That is, if they aren't already fully staffed with family.

There are also several places that do "riding interns". There was a boarding barn around where I am that used to bring in stable hands to work in return for stay and training. Not sure if they still do. But its a lot of word of mouth positions. Looking more towards Calgary might have more opportunities, especially if you are already an English rider.

Another option is to look into ag study places that may be in need of barn staff. Try out Old's College for one. A lot of hiring is through their student body, but its an option.

And when the tracks start to get going (barn I worked at started getting the race horses back in around February) then you may have better luck finding something race related.

You'll probably have to be calling up people or just take the plunge and move and start networking. Its not really an industry that is advertised.
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post #5 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, politics are definitely everywhere...I'm just tired of my area lol

And thanks a lot! That will definitely help with my search. And as much as I would love to just move out there, I have to comply with my mothers terms to find a job first which is very unfortunate for me :S
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post #6 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 03:42 PM
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This guy was looking for help at his training centre. He's in western Saskatchewan. I believe they may have boarding available as well.

I've taken a clinic, and he would be excellent to learn from. Elliott Cutting Horses
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post #7 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 03:45 PM
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Not to be a downer, but... You likely won't find a job that's horsey related. The only "jobs" I've had as a hand were out of necessity. I.e. Boarding and living arrangements/volunteer work.

There is pretty much no money in horses, even as a hand, I suspect. You would be better off getting a normal job.
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thats cool! Thanks
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 05:25 PM
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Like posted above, aim for Calgary Area.... Olds College is a great place to go and very well respected.

Best of luck too you!

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post #10 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 08:42 PM
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If you are willing to do cow work, there are many good, large feedlots up there. Great places to work young horses and great places to learn a lot about cattle.

You can use it as a stepping stone as you will meet others who have cattle and horses.

There are some polo players that don't go south in the winter. Some change to arena polo. There are also some jumper barns in the southern part of the province. Spruce Meadows, anyone? Many of them take at least some horses south, but not all.
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