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post #11 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 08:44 PM
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I posted in your other thread. But, I pretty much said what Diesel Pony did.
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-17-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all! Ive got my work cut out for me thats for sure
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-18-2013, 01:23 PM
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The big cattle ranches that use horses are more commonly found in BC not Alberta but there are some here south of Calgary more towards the foothills. Being a ranch hand pays not very well (I know because we employ a few hired men and I also work in the Ag accounting industry here in the Calgary area). Many ranch hand positions do look for people with a Class One Drivers to be able to drive the big grain trucks legally.
In the feedlot industry there are more jobs available, but again they do not pay that well. Many of the feedlots supply the horses used for penchecking now and do not allow you to bring in outside horses. As well, you need to have some cattle experience to get one of those positions as you are responsible for the health of those animals. I will also warn you from experience that the worse the weather the longer you are on horseback. My husband and I owned a feedlot and I did the penchecking. It can be a rough job to say the least.
If you do want to go that route though, most of the feedlots are located in South Alberta near Pincher Creek and Lethbridge, some in Nanton area, also Strathmore and Three Hills. Pull up local papers online to look for employment ads.
There are lots of horse barns/arenas in the Calgary area. Ranging from Jumpers to Cutting and Working Cowhorse.
Try the website for employment opportunities. Some get posted on there.
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-19-2013, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Definitely needed the inside info you guys have provided, thank you a ton for sharing and opening my eyes.
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-19-2013, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Stillstandin View Post
. Ranging from Jumpers to Cutting and Working Cowhorse.
Try the website for employment opportunities. Some get posted on there.
And polo. Don't forget polo! Funnest grooming I've ever done.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-19-2013, 06:05 PM
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Problem with trying to find a job from afar,is that if your looking to be working horses the farm hiring is going to want to see you actually ride & interact with the horses They need to see if they like what they see as far as your abilities/horsemanship. I have a friend that trains & breeds,this last summer he had a VERY hard time finding assistant that was competent enough in their riding skills to help start colts. Sure they All came thinking they were great riders but didn't really have the knowledge or confidence they thought when it came first rides & schooling/training young horses how to find body control,impulsion etc.

This site sometimes has postings.
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Other thing is to try e-mailing farms of interest see if they have any horse related jobs available or if they may know of any. I had a website & I know I use to get inquirys like that.I wasn't in need but I do know I had on occasion forwarded e-mails to follow breeders,ranch owners that may have interest.

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-23-2013, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Either It's a fluke, or I am one extremely lucky person. I thought it was going to take much longer, but I have managed to find myself employed to help break and train horses in High Prairie AB. I leave Feb 5th!

Thank you all for the adivce!
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-25-2013, 01:13 AM
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Good job and good luck!

Keep us posted on it, when you have time haha, probably going to be a hectic next few weeks
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-25-2013, 08:52 AM
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I one time took on a job starting ponies and horses. I was taken out to the ranch, dumped off and the owner took off. He and his family lived in the city. Oh fine, me and the hired man. The living accommodations were appalling. The hired man was living in a converted chicken coop and I was offered an ancient house. Talk about slum. When the boss showed up a week later he came bearing groceries - food the stores had thrown out. As he got ready to leave I was in the truck. I was done. I don't eat garbage. The hired man and I had been living on goat's milk for two days.
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