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post #11 of 19 Old 04-20-2014, 01:30 PM
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What a person can get done on a 'compliant', obedient well-trained horse does not tell me anything about a person's riding ability. What a rider can get done on a horse that does NOT want to comply tells me how well they actually ride.

It takes a LOT more skill for a rider to make a poorly trained horse look good than it take for a well-trained horse to make a poor rider look good.

Think about this for a while and you will be able to answer your own question.
^^ THIS is brilliant!^^ Well said, Cherie. My sentiments exactly.

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post #12 of 19 Old 04-21-2014, 02:16 PM
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You don't say what you are applying for, but I can say that in my experience, every single horse job that I ever tried for, the first thing they did was hand me a horse that they knew and I didn't 't. Every time! As an employer in the horse industry I'm the same way. It is an unfortunate truth, but 75% of the kids coming out of these "horse Colleges" aren't qualified to lead a horse down the barn isle and tie it up.
I will take practical, hands on experience over a piece of paper every time.

I don't say this to discourage you, but to give you a "Real World" point of view . I had an intern from William Woods for a summer. She and I got along well and still talk regularly. I went up there for her graduation and was shocked at how green most of those Seniors were at handling a horse.
Sorry if that was too long. Bottom line, they're going to hand you a horse, and if they are any good, they'll know right away how far along you are so be blunt and honest. Nobody wants to deal with riders who have unrealistic lay inflated opinions of themselves, whereas many people will happily take on a green kids who works hard and can be molded exactly like they want.
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-21-2014, 02:27 PM
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^^^^Its almost compulsory now to have a college certificate to get a horse job in the UK but I've had some first hand experience in the past with college students that has made me very cautious about their capability level with non-schoolmaster horses
The last horse we bought here had been at a college for a while and was sold on because the students were afraid of her and disliked her - we're still waiting for her to show us that side because we're now into year two & she's still a treasure to own
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post #14 of 19 Old 04-22-2014, 06:22 PM
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I agree with everyone else's input, but judging just what you told us, and assuming you know a lot of the maintenance care and groundwork...intermediate.
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post #15 of 19 Old 04-22-2014, 06:46 PM
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Subbing, but yes sadly, unlike other sports, it's really hard to determine what level you are at because so many factors play into what you are capable of doing.

If you've ridden horses of various ages, sizes, and difficulties without problem, then I would put intermediate. The person reading your application and judging your abilities can then assess whether you are lower or higher on the intermediate scale (in their eyes).

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post #16 of 19 Old 04-24-2014, 02:13 PM
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Personally, I don't think it matters one lick what you can do on/with a horse.

What matters is how well you do it.

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post #17 of 19 Old 05-05-2014, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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I have done all this at a good/high standard on over 30 different ponies

A beginner will practise until they can get it right but a professional will practise until they can't get it wrong
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post #18 of 19 Old 05-05-2014, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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You don't say what you are applying for, but I can say that in my experience, every single horse job that I ever tried for, the first thing they did was hand me a horse that they knew and I didn't 't. Every time! As an employer in the horse industry I'm the same way. It is an unfortunate truth, but 75% of the kids coming out of these "horse Colleges" aren't qualified to lead a horse down the barn isle and tie it up.
I will take practical, hands on experience over a piece of paper every time.

I don't say this to discourage you, but to give you a "Real World" point of view . I had an intern from William Woods for a summer. She and I got along well and still talk regularly. I went up there for her graduation and was shocked at how green most of those Seniors were at handling a horse.
Sorry if that was too long. Bottom line, they're going to hand you a horse, and if they are any good, they'll know right away how far along you are so be blunt and honest. Nobody wants to deal with riders who have unrealistic lay inflated opinions of themselves, whereas many people will happily take on a green kids who works hard and can be molded exactly like they want.

No no, not for a job, it's for a horse camp, they need to know what level I am so they can put me on a horse that suits my abilities
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-05-2014, 06:42 AM
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Sounds like you are more competent than we were figuring! Good luck and enjoy camp. I'd doubt if a camp had anything that you'd have trouble with.
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