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post #1 of 3 Old 05-03-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help me?

I'm 17 years old, and I dropped out of the 11th grade this past October to help my sister raise her two infants. I've loved horses my whole life, and my mom had two when I was about four or five, but they weren't around long. Since then, I've always wanted one of my own, but I've never had the money to get one. I'm around my aunt's four horses quite a bit, but rarely ride them because they're not the best riding horses. My mom's friend's family is big into showing Western Pleasure and they let me ride their horses when I get the chance, but that isn't too often. I've also wanted to show for quite some time, but again, I can't because I don't have a horse. My mom's friend's family has just recently offered to let me show their horses every now and then, but the problem is, I'm leaving to work on a dude ranch in Wyoming in June until September so I'll have money to get my GED and go to a community college for a Vet Tech. program and that's going to take all my money. I'm sorta thinking about being a Vet Tech., but I'm also wanting to do something involving just horses, but I'm not sure what there is that I can do since I'll only have a GED. I was thinking trainer or show judge, but not sure I'd be able to do either. I was wondering if anyone knows of something I could do as a side career or job that could help me get some extra money to eventually afford a horse of my own. I desperately want to do something with horses.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-03-2010, 10:42 PM
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Vet tech actually sounds like it could be a very good place for you to start. If you could get a job with a combo small/large animal vet, you would be able to gain experience around treating horses while bringing home a paycheck .

I think the job this summer, GED, then community college is a very mature, organized, intelligently ordered set of goals. Also, once you get a two year degree under your belt, it wont matter if you graduated highschool with a diploma or a GED, when places ask for education you can list your degree.

In the meantime, there may be a little money to be made working at a stable if there are any in your area and that might allow you to earn some lessons or a little money while you get your horse fix .

Good luck!

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-03-2010, 10:49 PM
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I agree with ^^

I did a little bit of research though, and you don't need any money to take the GED in Michigan.

GED Michigan: Learning About the Michigan GED Test

As soon as you turn 18, you can take it.

Look for a place near you that will exchange riding for doing work around the barn. Just google barns in your area and start making calls. You could probably work out a deal where you would be able to show them as well.

Owning a horse may take longer, but it will happen if you work hard. Don't worry, you will get there! Stay positive!

Good luck!
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