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post #41 of 48 Old 02-22-2012, 12:45 PM
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I work 12 hours+ 7 days per week when I'm lucky enough to get a cowboyin job and I love every minute of it. I've had jobs where I worked 8 hour per day and got every weekend off, had vacation, 401K, and health insurance and it felt like I was in prison every day. My point is that if you love what you're doing you'll never work a day in your life and if you hate what you're doing the hours and pay will never be right.

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post #42 of 48 Old 02-22-2012, 01:14 PM
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^^Exactly, Kevin.

Even a set schedule doesn't guarantee a limited number of hours to work. There was a time when I was working 12-16 hour days for 7 days out of every 8. My printed work schedule said I was supposed to work 12 hour shifts, 4 days on and 4 days off. Well, guess what, due to staffing, that just didn't happen. It wouldn't have been so bad if I'd actually liked the job but I hated it to begin with and being there for that amount of time made me hate it worse.

Now, I work for myself and in the summertime, I work 12+ hours every day and love it.
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post #43 of 48 Old 02-22-2012, 02:25 PM
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And you actually WERE in a prison!!

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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post #44 of 48 Old 02-22-2012, 03:10 PM
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Yep, working for the state where they should have been able to monitor and control the hours each person was required to work. I guess someone should also tell the ER docs and nurses around here that they are only supposed to work 36 hours a week.
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post #45 of 48 Old 03-03-2012, 09:56 PM
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The treatment of the horses makes me so sad, but what really makes me mad/sad is the owner saying how much she "loves" her horse, and yet obviously knows what is happening to him and lets it continue by staying there. I have shown horses for over 25 years, and I have seen some of these practices (tying the head to tail, etc.), and I just cannot understand the mentality of wanting to win at any cost. My horse's well-being is everything to me, the trophy is way down on the list.

I've been lucky and have been with some amazing trainers that use their talent and patience to get the horses trained. Sorry you had to experience all of that; it must have been heartbreaking.
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post #46 of 48 Old 03-10-2012, 03:50 PM
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Wow!! I have to tell you, I "almost" started down that path once years ago. Hearing the first part about the long hours and selfishness on his part almost sounded like the same trainer. I was supposed to clean stalls and do grunt work, in exchange for a little money and a crappy trailer. If I got all my work done I would learn to train. I realized that I would NEVER get all my work done and it would be a waste of time and effort on my part.
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post #47 of 48 Old 05-05-2012, 03:57 PM
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Worked a job like this in the aspect that it was 12h days, 6d/week minimum, very fast and heavy work, minimal breaks, minimal pay, pretty cruddy treatment by the trainers despite my doing every single thing I was asked and with a great attitude; I was titled an "apprentice trainer", though never got to really "train" at anything other than basic stable management, which was awesome, just not what I thought I'd be doing. No matter, I did learn a lot, and especially, I learned that I was CAPABLE of a lot more than I'd ever realized. This all helped me tremendously when I got into nursing and began working 12 hour nights, but only 4 nights/week at that time (now it's 5, but 8h shifts)...

That said, had I seen ANY of what was described by the OP being done to the horses where I was apprenticing (in my situation, it was the exact opposite, and I was often jealous of these beautiful animals and how happy their lives were, even though they were working hard, as was I, they were being treated like kings and queens!)

Anyhow, as I began to say, HAD I SEEN ANYTHING like that which the OP saw regarding the outright abuse, I doubt I, at that young and impetuous age, would've had the foresight not to alert anyone and everyone to what was going on. I am NOT BLAMING OR FLAMING OP FOR NOT DOING SO. I can only pray that somehow this idiot of a "trainer" whom the OP was working for will get caught doing this to these horses, and FAST, because every day this goes on, animals with no option to leave or fight back (tied in stalls like that? Makes me LITERALLY want to puke. Rollkur? More puking...bloodied and hurt and the HORSE OWNER NOT CARING? Ain't ENOUGH puke for me to express my feelings on that one!)

I'm very glad you dissociated yourself from this *********, OP. This person will suffer, it's just hopefully going to be sooner than later...Best of luck to you and God Bless you...

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post #48 of 48 Old 05-15-2012, 04:47 PM
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I have worked many horse jobs. Some of them better, as bad, or even worse than what you have mentioned. I am a type of person who is hard working and will even volunteer my time to be around the horses. But I think my last horse job was my last.

I don't see an issue with the long hours. That is almost a given in the horse business. And in my personal opinion do think you are being a bit on the whiney side in that aspect.

But as far as the treatment of the horses. I don't blame you for leaving. And honestly I would have reported him for it. I've done it myself. Before leaving a place I took video and photos and reported the evidence to animal control.

I was once an assistant farm manager, started off pretty well, but slowly turned horrible. And had to deal with some very horrific things. From warning and begging the head manager to remove a mare from a particular pasture, then ultimately watching her get her leg get completely kicked off and then having to stand with her in the pasture for over an hour waiting for him to drive back to double check that she actually needed to be put down, to getting put down on a daily basis and having my knowledge judged, and ultimately in the end getting sextually molested by one of the other workers and nothing being done about it because there was no proof. And that is only scraping the surface.

Good luck on your future job.

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