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post #1 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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We are looking for a training assistant / apprentice full-time

As many of you know, I have severe physical limitations and can ride very little and not at all beyond a walk on a gentle horse. I have severe arthritis and advanced degenerative joint and degenerative spine disease. [Just call me old and helpless! I don't do helpless well!]

Since I cannot actively train any more, I am attempting to train vicariously through a young aspiring 'trainer-wannabe'. We have not had anyone help us for several months and are ready to ride a lot of horses as weather improves.

This is a paid position (but you won't get rich) with private living quarters and complete independence from us, other than riding. It involves few if any chores and no stalls or barn work. We only need help with feeding or chores when husband is not doing well. [He does 99% of them but is 72 and has had a stroke, a heart attack and quadruple by-pass open-heart surgery. He is doing much better now, though.]

This person needs to be mature, a very good rider and needs to be looking toward a future of full-time training. This person needs to be able to get on colts and very green horses. This does not take a lot of experience riding colts, but it takes someone that is not timid or afraid of them. We give our horses a comprehensive start, get them really broke, get them soft and gentle and turn out horses any person can ride and get along with. We turn out finished ranch horses, penning, mounted shooting, trail horses and great all-around horses (like those of a generation ago).

We start, but no longer try to finish, reining, reined cow horses or cutting horses. Those have become specialties that do not work to 'cross over' any more. But, we have started a lot of them that have gone on to become World Champions and World Champion caliber competitive horses. [We just sold two that went to California and are in training now with a top reined cowhorse trainer (has won the Snaffle Bit Futurity) that really likes how they were started.]

We take out trail riders. An apprentice does not have the drudgery of it, but can use some of the trail rides to school on green horses. This is an intense, full-time riding job. It requires ambition and drive. A person can get on 8 to 10 different horses a day. A person will learn how to deal with spoiled horses. [ I think I bought one yesterday -- a 14 year old spoiled kid horse.] But this is mostly going to be teaching a green or un-started horse to be a really broke, go anywhere do anything kind of horse.

We currently have 5 or 6 well trained horses that are ready (actually way past ready) to work on cattle -- just no one able to do it for a good while. We keep cattle and/or bison to train them on.

These horses are very well-bred and very athletic. Our stallion has reining points and sires very athletic horses. He is Colonel Freckles, Doc Bar and Zan Parr bar breeding. Our mares are Foundationbred, but are daughters and granddaughters of horses like Playgun, Doc O'Lena, Smart Little Lena, Doc's Hickory, Peppy San Badger, etc. We have always selectively bred them bigger than the average tiny cutters and reiners.

If you think you might be interested in taking on this job, PM me or answer me in this thread. I welcome an open discussion so anyone interested in this knows what they are getting into.

Thank you for your time. Cherie

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post #2 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 09:24 PM
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Sounds like an excellent opportunity for someone that really wants to learn a lot and expand their horse knowledge. Wish I was about 25 years younger! Hope you find a gem.
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post #3 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 09:38 PM
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If I didn't have one more year of high school, I would be all over that job...
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post #4 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 09:45 PM
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Cherie-lots of the trainers around here hire the recent grads from the equine programs and they work out pretty well, at least the ones know. That may be a possible pool of candidates for you. Our schools have teams that show, so you may actually be able to see them in action. good luck-wishing I had my youth back.....

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post #5 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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I wish I did, too. I'm not ready to give up training. It is so frustrating.

What are the names of some of the horse programs near you? It might be worth contacting them. The schools around here are really into rodeo. The kids I have met from schools close to me are either wanting to get into specific show specialty training (like working for a reining trainer) or into rodeo and speed events. Others we have met want to go to a H/J or Dressage barn.

Something will pop up. I am just starting to look.

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post #6 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 10:13 PM
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Have you checked with the OSU Equestrian team? Someone who's graduating in a month or so might be a fit.

While I wouldn't be interested in a job, I'm wishing I were closer so I could take some lessons on the cow-y stuff!

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post #7 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 10:15 PM
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I. Wish. If only this was next april I would hit you up!

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post #8 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 10:18 PM
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I'd like to jump on this in a heartbeat if I didn't have baby daddy drama, can't move more than 100 miles without going through lawyers. :(
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Morrisville (Morrisville State College - State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville - SUNY Morrisville)
THis is the one I am most familiar with.

I would also contact Findlay, they have a good program. THey are in Ohio.
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I know there are other schools-maybe other folks can chime in too. Wish I was still in contact with the guy who trained my horse for the reining trainer-I know he was feeling a bit "stuck" there, and might have been up for something new. I will keep my ears open.

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post #10 of 44 Old 04-02-2013, 10:22 PM
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I wish I could ride! =/ I'd love to learn horses from you!!!
The way it's going, I may never actually get going in my field anyway!

Sounds like a great opportunity for someone!

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