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post #1 of 9 Old 08-01-2008, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Im about to start a job as a stable hand and Im abit afraid.

What Im afraid of is the fact that I dont really know to much except how to ride...
I am MORE than willing to learn its just I never really got the chance. The place I rode only showed us brushing, tacking, riding, untacking, hosing off, blanketing, and turning out.
Well I was reading an ad on a website looking for barn help thats only right down the road from me, well 11 miles, but the lady wants someone to do 2 hours of chores for unlimited riding time (per ride).
She wants me to do things like mucking out a stall, cleaning tack, sweeping, etc. Only I dont know how to muck a stall or clean tack.
This is going to sound SO lame but I have been watching youtube videos on it!
Im so afraid this lady, who sounded nice enough one the phone, isnt going to want me working for her if she has to show me some stuff.. :(
She wants an intermediate or advance rider for her horse and its been a couple years since Ive riden a horse. Well thats not all true but not to the point I can open one up and canter for awhile. No ring time basically, just small front yard time. lol
I know I can ride the horse but Im just so afraid that Im going to mess up because I know shes watching kinda thing.. :roll:

She also wants the saddle I use to be cleaned everytime I use it, which I dont mind. Im just scared I wont be able to put it back together right and Im afraid to ask her for help...

If yall were hiring barn help would yall expect someone who knows how to do everything?
Would yall be willing to show them some things??
Should I be afraid to ask for help and just stick to youtube vidoes???
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-01-2008, 03:18 PM
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Re: Im about to start a job as a stable hand and Im abit afr

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What Im afraid of is the fact that I dont really know to much except how to ride...
I am MORE than willing to learn its just I never really got the chance. The place I rode only showed us brushing, tacking, riding, untacking, hosing off, blanketing, and turning out.
Well I was reading an ad on a website looking for barn help thats only right down the road from me, well 11 miles, but the lady wants someone to do 2 hours of chores for unlimited riding time (per ride).
She wants me to do things like mucking out a stall, cleaning tack, sweeping, etc. Only I dont know how to muck a stall or clean tack.
This is going to sound SO lame but I have been watching youtube videos on it!
Im so afraid this lady, who sounded nice enough one the phone, isnt going to want me working for her if she has to show me some stuff.. :(
She wants an intermediate or advance rider for her horse and its been a couple years since Ive riden a horse. Well thats not all true but not to the point I can open one up and canter for awhile. No ring time basically, just small front yard time. lol
I know I can ride the horse but Im just so afraid that Im going to mess up because I know shes watching kinda thing.. :roll:

She also wants the saddle I use to be cleaned everytime I use it, which I dont mind. Im just scared I wont be able to put it back together right and Im afraid to ask her for help...

If yall were hiring barn help would yall expect someone who knows how to do everything?
Would yall be willing to show them some things??
Should I be afraid to ask for help and just stick to youtube vidoes???
i'm a stable hand at my barn and i work for free lessons on sundays and $100 off my horse's boarding fee. first off never be afraid to ask questions! if you are riding her horse, ask her what she would like you to do on him and what he needs to work on. ask her how he rides, if hes naughty one way but good the other, if he does lead changes ect. ect. ect...

and sometimes, my trainer asks me to doctor some horses' wounds. if she asks you to do it, be 100% willing, but again, if you arent sure what to do, ask and i'm sure she will gladly tell you..

you have nothing to worry about! by the second week of working for her, i'm sure everything will turn into routine

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-01-2008, 03:45 PM
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My stables won't allow people to help otu without training. Why don't you ring her up and explain you don't have much experience at that side of things but you really want the opportunity to learn? Whether or not she takes on another experienced stable hand, she might be willing to let you come and find out more

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-01-2008, 04:31 PM
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I would rather someone ask me a million questions than mislead me by pretending they knew what they were doing. You will both be much better off if you are up front with her about what you do and don't know. Mucking a stall and cleaning tack isn't a difficult thing to do, it won't take her long to show you the ropes.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-01-2008, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ya I mean Id rather ask and do it right than act like I know how and get it all wrong and she come back and be like what the...
lol
I just really dont want to skrew it up..
I just plan to go in there and be like
'Ive seen it done, (which I have seen it all done just by the stable hands at the place I rode) but do you mind watching me the first time to make sure I do it the way you want?'

Is that bad??
I thought it makes me seem willing and want to do things her way
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-01-2008, 06:22 PM
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Um, I'd probably be a liiiittle more honest about what you can do. Say you don't have any experience as an actual stable hand, though you've spent time at stables and so on, and you've got the basic idea of what needs to be done but haven't put it into practice yet. Don't misrepresent yourself, she won't like that. Just say, "I've never had the chance to actually do this sort of thing, but I don't think it'd take me long to pick it up and I'd love to learn."

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-01-2008, 11:16 PM
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Well first, did you come off like you KNEW what you were doing? I think that if you did, and she learned that you don't really, she might be a bit upset, but nothing to get overly nervous about.

Personally, I would rather hire someone green rather than someone who is set in their ways because I could break them in MY way, and not have to worry about them doing things their way, and messing up my barn, if that makes sense.

I'm sure you will be fine! Don't be afraid to ask questions, after all, thats how we learn! Do your best, and if the lady sounded nice on the phone, chances are she's going to be nice in person. I wouldn't fret about it too much.

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-06-2008, 09:59 PM
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don't worry, im sure you'll do just fine!! as others have said, be honest about your abilities. im sure she'd rather answer a few of your questions than have something get broke, etc. maybe give her a call and ask if she'd be willing to teach you a few things. if you're willing and eager to learn, im sure she'll be happy to teach you. good luck!!
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-08-2008, 06:18 AM
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Welllllllllllllllllll? update please!
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