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        05-20-2010, 12:09 AM
      #11
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    I think you should go to school. You will have to make some sacrifices now, but once you have finished, your life will be improved. If you stay and do nothing...you will stay miserable and wishing for more. So in the big picture, you would have sacrificed more by not going. I also think that it would be very difficult for you to find someone to keep your dog for a year (unless some family member would). I think your time would be better spent finding your dog a very good home where he can be happy. As for your friend, with all the technology available today, there is no reason why you can't chat with her often. Besides, you will be going to school with people with the same interests as yourself...a great opportunity to make new friends. I know that you will make the right decision and that you will be successful in life.
    I missed yours!

    I think if I didn't have the animals it would be an easy choice. But it just kills me to think about selling Skip - I do know it would be ebst for her, as she doesn't get the time she deserves even now, but I couldn't imagine going out to the horses and not having her there. *Don't cry at work - Don't cry at work*
         
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        05-20-2010, 12:20 AM
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    I think if you don't do it now in ten years the horses will be gone the dogs will be gone and you will have a child on each hip and wish that you had done it. When you are young and unattached you should follow your dreams. I wish you were in the states. I would gladly take your dog for a year then give it back. I'm sure you can find someone that would do it there. If you can't there will be other dogs. Life is too short to spend it in a job you hate. I had a good opportunity that I passed up ten years ago to do something that I enjoy and I just now got another opportunity at it and you bet I didn't pass it up this time.
         
        05-20-2010, 12:22 AM
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    I missed yours!

    I think if I didn't have the animals it would be an easy choice. But it just kills me to think about selling Skip - I do know it would be ebst for her, as she doesn't get the time she deserves even now, but I couldn't imagine going out to the horses and not having her there. *Don't cry at work - Don't cry at work*
    Is Spot a stock dog?
         
        05-20-2010, 12:54 AM
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    She's a Kelpie, bred out of two of dad's working dogs. She has done a bit of sheep work and is ok when she has another dog to follow but mostly comes with me on trail rides.

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    I think if you don't do it now in ten years the horses will be gone the dogs will be gone and you will have a child on each hip and wish that you had done it. When you are young and unattached you should follow your dreams. I wish you were in the states. I would gladly take your dog for a year then give it back. I'm sure you can find someone that would do it there. If you can't there will be other dogs. Life is too short to spend it in a job you hate. I had a good opportunity that I passed up ten years ago to do something that I enjoy and I just now got another opportunity at it and you bet I didn't pass it up this time.
    Thanks Kevin. I definitely think now is the time to do it while I don't have many obligations.
         
        05-20-2010, 12:57 AM
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    She's a Kelpie, bred out of two of dad's working dogs. She has done a bit of sheep work and is ok when she has another dog to follow but mostly comes with me on trail rides.

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    If you can't find a home for her ship her to me. I'll put her to work.
         
        05-20-2010, 01:29 AM
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    Skip. She would love that Kevin.
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        05-20-2010, 02:30 AM
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    I think if I didn't have the animals it would be an easy choice. But it just kills me to think about selling Skip - I do know it would be ebst for her, as she doesn't get the time she deserves even now, but I couldn't imagine going out to the horses and not having her there. *Don't cry at work - Don't cry at work*


    Awww, I'm sorry hun. I hope I didn't come off as being cold about the dog. I do have pets, so I do understand how you feel. It is very hard to give up something you love. I just think a door is about to open up for you and that you need to go for it. I think Kevin said it best:

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    I think if you don't do it now in ten years the horses will be gone the dogs will be gone and you will have a child on each hip and wish that you had done it. When you are young and unattached you should follow your dreams.


         
        05-20-2010, 04:17 AM
      #18
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    Oh, you didn't come off cold at all! I'm just having an emotional day.

    I actually forgot the most important thing - I would miss my dad terribly. He takes me wherever I want to go every weekend to horse things, and some of the best memories I have are sitting around the fire with him and just chatting. I can't even imagine not having him there to sound things off.
         
        05-20-2010, 04:59 AM
      #19
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    Hmmmm I don't know on this one. I was keen to get into the equine industry when I finished school, but soon realised there's not much money in it unless you are truly amazing and the best in your field. And even then it's a hard slog to earn anything unless you're in racing!
    That is a lot of money for a one year horse husbandry course. I don't think I could justify doing that myself.
    Have you looked into any university courses? I am doing environmental management, which gets me out doing a heap of field work. There are lots of agricultural and environmental courses now that are in demand with all this climate change and too many people around the world. Graduates are in high demand and you have an excellent chance of getting work at the end of it, plus a lot of the work is field based so it will get you out of the office.

    I know the feeling of going straight from school into an office job. I was the same, I had a week from the end of year 12 exams to starting full time clerical work. Then I had a gap year before uni and worked THREE jobs, 2 clerical and one customer service. HATED it! Was glad to get to uni!

    I think you need to think more about the future than now. Look hard into uni or even Tafe courses that you could get into, that would set you up for a well paying job that would allow room to expand and get promoted. The horse industry is a very tough one to get into if you want money.
    If you go to uni, you can still have time to be riding, and working. I do it full time and have Hugo in full work, and also work on weekends, and keep my drawings business going. You may also be eligible for youth allowance which depending on your circumstances can be quite good money. Mine is certainly helping to pay for my horse and car!! Plus you certainly wouldn't need to sell your dog. Depends where your nearest uni is of course, but you can rent with a couple of students and live pretty cheaply while you get through it. Agist your horse nearby etc.
    It's do-able!!

    But yeah, I'd think very deeply about doing an equine husbandry course, even if people get scholarships from it... maybe look into how much they're earning, who employs them, and if they're employed at all!
         
        05-20-2010, 07:18 PM
      #20
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    Thank you for that Kayty, great post.

    I've thought about Uni, but i'm hesitant. I'm quite smart (Not to brag) but I really had trouble in school with concentration and motivating myself to get my work done. I have the same issues at my current job. I hope that I would be different if the subject was something I had an interest in, but I don't know if going back to a more 'school' type environment would bring that out again - if it did, it would be a waste of a lot of money and time. Canberra has two universities but no courses related to Agriculture, so I would either have to move or do it by distance education - And I think I would be even worse via distance as I wouldn't have anyone over my shoulder, so to speak.

    That's why I think this course would be a better fit - it is over 50% practical work, and I would be living on campus. I think if I were to succeed back at school anywhere, it would be there. If I enjoyed the course and wanted to stay on, I could go into the Diploma of Agriculture with credit. If I did that, it can then be used as credit for a Degree in Agriculture at a Univeristy. I guess this course would either be chalked up to a good experience and look good if I wanted to work in the horse industry when i'm done, or a stepping stone into further, broader studies maybe leading to a job in Agriculture.

    I guess the thought of enrolling for a uni course and then failing really scares me. I also have quite a low UAI due to my not so great performance at school which would limit my options - 65.4.

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    However, I'm not sure if it can happen how I want now. I mentioned it to my dad last night and he reminded me that him and mum are going on a big holiday at the begginning of next year for about 3 months - They need me to be home to look after the dogs. I'm going to sound out my cousin who lives a 10 minute walk away and see if she wuld maybe be interested, but if no one can do it then I don't think I could go. Which I honestly think might mean I never do as you never know what will happen in a year and a half. I'll be really dissapointed if that's the case though.
         

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