Hi guys! None of you probably remember me. I was around a lot this time last year. I had a horse called Lola. She was a Thoroughbred mare. I had her for about 10 months but sold her in July last year. So it has nearly been a year. And I am still not over it! Although I have accepted it now. I regretted it for a long time! It was a really bad decision because I loved her! But it was a good decision because she was way to hyper for me. Somebody who really lacked confidence on horses. It was for the best in the end.
So I was working in a riding school for nearly 2 years! I started in July 2010. I bought Lola a few months later and she stayed on livery at the riding school. So I worked 2-3 days a week to keep her on grass for free. Eventually my manager realised I was working too much for only 50 euro a week. She upped my hours and days. So I eventually went up to 5 days a week working at least 8 hours a day. She started giving me 100 euro every few weeks and still let me keep Lola there for nothing. Although when she went lame I had to work a lot more hours to keep her stabled.
It started to get quite tough! When I sold Lola I stayed on and work 4-5 days a week depending on what was going on. My rota was pretty much the same every week. Mondays I worked on my own from 9-6. Tuesdays I worked from either 12-10 or 9-9. Tuesdays were very busy with lessons going from 4-10. And some in the morning too. Wednesdays I worked 9-7. Thursdays 9-6. And then I worked sometimes on a friday when there was a showjumping league which came around every few months and lasted around 8 weeks. Then I worked 12 - finish which could have been anywhere from 9 or 11!
I kept going. But each day I was getting more stressed! I was only paid 150 euro every two weeks. If I missed a day in one week I would not be paid for another week! I figured I was being paid 4 euro an hour. Or 20 euro a day. I thought that was not enough at all for the amount of hours I was doing! And to make it worse I did a lot ! As well as me working there was the manager who instructed, another instructor and another woman who was just like me. Not qualified to instruct. But she was being paid more than me and worked less! When I found out that I got pretty annoyed. Work became stressful! Some days I wanted to cry and some days I was so angry I could have left. And the reason I got angry was because the instructor was throwing jobs at me while she sat back and watched..I am going to give wednesday as an example. It was my worst day. I was in first. She was in at 10. The first lesson started at 11. So I had to have all 5 horses up and tacked as well as have 6-8 stables cleaned before 11! It may not sound bad but I was ready to explode! And I never got help on wednesday mornings. Eventually the stress got the better of me and I had to hand in my resignation. I did my last day at the start of february.
Now I think maybe things could have improved if I told the manager that I was too stressed to do as much as I was doing. I figured she was taking advantage of me because I am young. I started there when I was 18.
I do not want to sound like I hate the manager because I do not! She was very nice! To give me the job in the first place anyways. Because I asked her at least 5 times and I started there with no experience with horses. Apart from riding. I learned a lot working there!
And now I have a big dilemma and am looking for some advice. I have not had a job since working there. And the reason is because I want to work with horses! I miss it so much! I drove past the riding school the other day and cried! Seeing the ponies and horses I worked with out grazing really hurt! I just wanted to go see them. I miss the whole thing of working there and having a good time! Having a job that I LOVED! And then I think of the stress is caused and it is making me think again about working in another riding school. But I do not want to do anything else..It is so hard! So I am going to ask should I go for a job at another riding school? Are they all the same? Taking advantage of people like me who will do everything I am told without complaining?! Or will I find a place that actually pays well and doesn't throw all of the work on one person?
I am asking this because there are no more riding schools in the town I live in. So if I do decide to work in a riding school I will have to move to another town and that means I will need a stable job! Or do you guys think there is anything else that I can do with horses?
If you read all of this I really thank you! Thank you for taking the time to read it. I appreciate it! And I appreciate all of your advice.
I haven't been near a horse since february. I am going mad! I am hoping to go on a nice trek in the summer with some friends. I will be going back to where I worked. I am sure it will be extremely tough to go back there and face it all but I have to do it!