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  • Can you work for free riding lessons
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    04-15-2011, 03:32 PM
  #21
Banned
I will say if you come off as impatient with them when you are asking as you do in your thread here begging for answers you are lowering your chances of them saying yes.
I assume you are young but that does not limit your ability to act responsible and professional.
You are basically applying for a job.


I realize your goal is to work for free riding time but look at it from the barn owner's point of view. They do not know you or your riding ability. Plus they probably have kids that ride there that might want to work for riding.
You have to at least be open to the idea of working for lessons to start with (after you do some work for free to prove you have the ability).

Curious, why are you not trying to work for riding time at the barn you already take lessons at?
     
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    04-15-2011, 05:25 PM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I will say if you come off as impatient with them when you are asking as you do in your thread here begging for answers you are lowering your chances of them saying yes.
I assume you are young but that does not limit your ability to act responsible and professional.
You are basically applying for a job.
The place I ride at now already has enough help and they get paid. Plus, the owner already knows me from taking two years of lessons with her.


I realize your goal is to work for free riding time but look at it from the barn owner's point of view. They do not know you or your riding ability. Plus they probably have kids that ride there that might want to work for riding.
You have to at least be open to the idea of working for lessons to start with (after you do some work for free to prove you have the ability).

Curious, why are you not trying to work for riding time at the barn you already take lessons at?
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    04-15-2011, 05:27 PM
  #23
Foal
The place I ride at now already has enough help. Plus the owner already knows me from taking two years of lessons. ( for Alwaysbehind)
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    04-15-2011, 08:59 PM
  #24
Weanling
I would think the owner having a relationship with you would be a good thing. I agree, though, that if you're being impatient with the barn owner as you are with responses here, you won't make a good impression. You need to go accepting a no. In fact, I would go in asking to work just for volunteer experiences and being with the horses, and maybe just mention an idea of doing it for lessons. She doesn't know you, how well you ride, how you treat horses. You also need to prove your level of responsibility.
     
    04-15-2011, 09:36 PM
  #25
Foal
Yeah, I guess your right. I am being impatient. She probably won't call me either, so maybe I could find a different summer job.
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    04-15-2011, 10:03 PM
  #26
Weanling
I'd wait for a phone call back before just going out there.

I'm not a big fan of cross-stable training. It makes it seem like you're going against your instructor, it makes it seem like that stable's not fulfilling all your needs or providing enough education for you--whether you believe that or not, that is what it seems to show off for me.
     
    04-15-2011, 10:33 PM
  #27
Foal
It's not that I want to go to a different stable, it's just the owner of the place I ride at for lessons has alot of workers and I know she wouldn't let me ride any horses in exchange because they are all boarded, leased, or lesson horses. Plus the place I ride at now is like 15 minutes away and at Gingers it is so close that I would ride my bike there.
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    04-16-2011, 04:16 PM
  #28
Showing
Actually, folks, I going to disagree with "waiting" to the point. People often can be so busy that don't even have time to check the phone or email (when I go crazy at work I don't care about calls honestly). So waiting for 2-3 days and calling again is not a bad idea nor it's being too insistent or impatient. If 2nd call would be ignored then I'd say there is no interest.
     
    04-16-2011, 05:12 PM
  #29
Weanling
Hmm when I first asked to help where I work now I was turned down. I actually asked 3-4 times in about a year. Then last summer there were a lot of summer camps on and I asked once again could I help. Finally I was allowed for a week then in september I started working two days a week. Now I work 2-5 days a week depending on what is going on. It is the easter holidays for the next two weeks so I am working pretty much everyday to help with the camps.
     
    04-20-2011, 09:11 PM
  #30
Foal
Have you asked your lesson place if you can work there in exchange for riding time or a lesson? That's what I do! Like this week, I had a lesson yesterday and now another one (that I'll pay for) on Saturday. Try asking your place first
     

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