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    07-02-2012, 03:26 PM
Smile help??

Hey so I moved to califonia from oregon:/ big change and no horse owner out here are nice enough to let mee groom their horse for them:(((
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    07-02-2012, 03:39 PM
So you want someone who doesn't know you from Adam's house cat let you mess with their horse? How does that make them 'not nice'? I don't just let random people around my horses, either.

If you're so eager to be around horses, go to the local stable and offer to muck stalls. Once people become familiar with you as a barn worker and not just some random stranger, then you might be allowed to groom a horse or two.
    07-02-2012, 03:40 PM
Where in california are you?
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    07-02-2012, 11:16 PM
It's not about being nice.. it's about liability. Also I LOVE to groom my horse and he loves it too. It's something between an owner and their horse.

Maybe you should look into lessons or leasing or something. Volunteering is a great idea too, at a barn.
    07-02-2012, 11:50 PM
Yeah, if someone just out of the blue showed up wanting to groom my horse and I couldn't connect them to anyone that I knew...personally, I would be a little weirded out by that. It's all about making connections. I'm with others, you have to start from zero. Go to some barns, let them know you just moved to the area and that you would like to help out, give them some references to the other places you maybe worked for. Someone like may would possibly let you if it was brought forward to me in that way, but only after I did some background checking.
    07-03-2012, 12:21 AM
As stated above, I'd be careful with the "not nice" reference. I've bought two horses from California and happen to know there are lots of nice people down there, lots with very reputable breeding program.
Did you offer references? Experiance with horses?
You can't expect to walk into someone's barn and let you play around with their horses without them taking care to make sure that a) you know what you're doing and are responsible and b) they have the resources and a need for you.
Horses are a huge investment and there isn't way I would let just anyone have free run of my barn.

Make some resumes, get some references, and go to a barn where you're best suited.
    07-03-2012, 01:06 AM
It took me months of multiple visits a week and a lot of riding lessons to earn the privilege to have basic free reign with my barn owner and riding instructors horses. I developed a relationship with those people outside of lessons, while I developed a relationship with the horses in lessons.

You don't just walk into a place and ask for that as if it is your right to it. That'll put up walls faster than being a barn drama queen will.

i love horses!!

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