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        03-28-2010, 10:21 PM
    I am a working student.
    I clean stalls then get a lesson... and later on I'm going to do a half-lease instead of lessons.
    That way, I can ride for "free", and to me mucking isn't all that bad, it's just part of owning a horse.
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        03-29-2010, 10:06 AM
    I may get blasted by those who know much more than me, but...... my daughter as a teenage (16--18) used my horse as a lesson horse and taught a few riding lesssons. There are a lot of folks who have kids who want to learn how to ride, but don't/can't afford a big time trainer. My daughter told them she would just teach them the basics and they could then go on to a bigger trainer if they wanted to. She taught absolutely the very basics to kids who knew NOTHING about horses. While she didn't make lots of money she didn't charge much either. The parents realized it was a teenager teaching and stayed to watch the lessons. Some realized that horses were a lot of trouble, some like the "Idea" of learning to ride but were actually scared and the parents learned this with not a lot of money spent. There were a few kids who learned all my daughter could teach and then went on to a bigger and better trainer. But it was a win/win situation for each.

        03-29-2010, 10:14 PM
    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    What about a working student position? You'll learn riding, overall horsemanship and pick up some teaching skills all in one shot. If nothing else, it will tell you if a career in horses is for you.
    Thats exactly what I did. Even though I had lesson since 7, so I knew how to ride corrctly. The last 4 years I worked at a barn. First cleaning stalls to work off lessons. Then started to do turn outs/feeding. That lead up to more barn managment. After that the trainer/BO took me on and tought me how to teach beg. Lessons and I helped with day camps. Soon I was able to have my own kids and teaching them. 'Course I was still able to go back and ask my trainer if Im doing things right..ect.
    But being able to do that really fueld my flames for having a career with horses.

    Although, you could just go on CL and excersize some backyard horses. But you'll get more out of the working student/working under a trainer.

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