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post #1 of 12 Old 03-29-2014, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,
This summer, I have been wanting to work with horses. IS there anyway in Il where I can get a job? Perhaps at a stable, or something to do with horses?

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-30-2014, 03:23 PM
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Sure. If there are stables or training barns near you. Or, if you live near a track. Some of the IL fairs still have racing (harness, as far as I know) at them.

Go, talk to the barn owner, manager, and/or trainer. Dress neatly. Be very polite. Serious, but smiling. And, stress your work ethic and desire to learn and to be helpful.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-30-2014, 03:27 PM
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You may want to get envolved with a therapeutic riding facility or a rescue to get some experience under your belt. People who want to work with horses are a dime a dozen so you need to know something.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-30-2014, 03:40 PM
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I would ask around at stables in the area. Just a note, if you haven't done much or anything with horses before, they are going to make you do a lot of the grunt work, while you learn, before letting you start really working with the horses. And by grunt work, I mean cleaning stalls, cleaning tack, bathing horses, feeding, etc. But it's a great way to learn, and a lot of places will trade work hours for some lessons, so you can start learning how to ride, what to do, how to take care of horses, you get a well rounded education.

A lot of places are more than happy having someone who wants to help out, and learn all about horses, not just the riding and handling aspects. It is hard back breaking work, so you need to be prepared. Like Boots said, dress nicely, even though yes it is a barn, you are still looking for work, and like any job you are looking to get, you need to dress nicely so you give a good first impression. Good luck! I hope you find something that is perfect.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-30-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the comments!!! I will really take everything all of you have told me into consideration. My parents taught all of us kids a work ethic, so hard work isn't scary to me. There is a stable 30 minutes away, but it is a little too far. Maybe when I get my licences someday I could very well possibly do that!!

Thank you everyone!

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-31-2014, 06:18 AM
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I too would suggest volunteering at a rescue or something and getting some experience. Around here I don't think you'd have any chance of getting "hired" (as in a formal paying job) with no experience.

A wililngness to work, and work HARD as a volunteer will pay off. There's lots of kids/teens that want to hang around and do chores for freebies, but not a lot that really want to grunt and sweat. Find a barn, volunteer to work for free with no strings attached - just tell them you want to get started with horse, admit you're green, and ask what you can do to help, and then work your butt off. Any decent barn owner will not only appreciate it, but if you're more than carrying your weight and really putting your best foot forward, should make it rewarding for you, if even just some free lessons.

If you get nothing in return other than appreciation and thank you's, honestly, even just BEING at the barn and working on the ground with the horses will teach you an immeasurable amount of skills needed to carry a formal job in the horse industry - you'll be amazed at how much you'll learn as the weeks and months pass even never having sat in saddle. Consider it an internship where you're gaining valuable experience as you WILL be learning a lot nonetheless. Smile, say thanks, and enjoy your time with the horses.

Ask for some basic ground handling guidance first (if you've never handled horses before) and then ask then which horses you can and cannot handle - bigger barns will have horses that are not safe for beginners to handle, so it's important in the beginning to stay safe.

If you can volunteer this summer and get some experience under your belt and a good reference from the BO then I'd think the chances of getting a paying job at a more formal stable next summer would be greatly increased.
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-31-2014, 10:42 AM
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I think PrivatePilot's advice is spot on! I don't know where in IL you are. But, if you are in far southern IL where driving across the river to Paducah, KY wasn't a big deal, I can guarantee you some horse experience with our equine therapy group! No kidding, we are always looking for volunteers with your attitude!
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-02-2014, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,
I live in Central IL. I wish I lived in Southern IL because I would LOVE more than anything to volunteer with you!! But, sadly it's over 3 hours away. :( Thanks for the offer!

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-02-2014, 03:30 PM
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Hi,
I live in Central IL.
Small world. I was born in Springfield and lived in Springfield or Decatur up until 1990, when we moved to Kentucky. If you are in that area, I may be able to do some research for you. I still have some relatives in that area.

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-02-2014, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, YES! I am 30 minutes away from Springfield. That would be awesome!!!! Thank you!!

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