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        06-15-2010, 08:11 PM
    Lookin for advice

    Hi all I just recently aquired a job on a horse farm and am looiing for any newbie advice with the horses.

    I am comforatble around them and have been raised around them, but have never been asked to deal with them and care for them before.

    There are 11 horses, 1 minature and 2 colts.

    shetlands, Haflinger, Morgan X, 3 Spotted Draft, Appaloosa Sporthorse, Trakehner, Tb X...some are rescues.

    Can anyone tell me what the X after some of the horses mean? And anything about the horses...like I said I'm new to interacting with the horses and would like to learn more about them.

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        06-15-2010, 08:24 PM
    I stands for a 'cross'...as in a mixed breed, but its a registrable mixed breed...like a labradoodle ;D

    My advice is you would be better off gaining some experience around horses before taking a job working with them, where handling them, feeding them, and leading them to and from turn out are kind of mainstays of the job (I'm assuming that anyway, if there is less contact than that maybe not). Babies need extra confident and experienced handling, as do rescues, so a newbie such as yourself might not be the best candidate for a job where you will be responsible for their daily handling, and essentially keeping up their decent manners.
        06-15-2010, 08:25 PM
    The "X" simply means that they are a crossbreed. Ie a Morgan crossed with another breed.
        06-15-2010, 08:31 PM
    What do they expect you to know going into this job? Is there going to be on the job training or do your future employers think you know more than you actually do? If you are already expected to know a lot then Justsambam might be right that you are getting in over your head. However, as long as they know you are new to all this you should be fine - just ask lots of questions.
        06-15-2010, 08:34 PM
    Sorry should've cleared this up.... I didn't go into the job for taking care of the horses I just take care of the farm, ie: mowing pastures,weedeating and stuff of the sort.

    Also I wouldn't say I'm a total newbie...I've had horses of my own and have ridden before but it was when I was young and can't quite remember much of the specifics. I do help with my friends horses(giving baths and putting blankets on in the winter etc...) I just have never been asked to deal with them THIS much.

    Buttt she wants me to start working with the horses more and wants to train me to be able to care for them by myself eventually. The deal was to trade taking care of horses for free riding lessons. Just looking for preliminary advice before training.

    Thanks for the replies though!
        06-15-2010, 08:37 PM
    Maybe if you ask specific things you are wondering about, rather than just asking for general horse information. There is so much to know it's hard to start answering without having a starting point.
        06-15-2010, 08:42 PM
    Well to start off..what are the daily necessities when taking care of them?

    How are the temperments of the types of horses I listed?

    What is the difference between "natural horsemanship" and normal...they want me to learn about natural.

    How can I get the horses to not be as nervous around me? (appaloosa is extremely nervous)

        06-16-2010, 12:40 AM
    It sounds like your boss plans on easing you into things, and teaching you slowly so I don't think you should be too worried.

    Daily necessities include feeding (usually 3x per day, but differs between barns), picking stalls/paddocks, turn in and out, blankets on/off, might include flyspraying, picking hooves, etc. It all kind of depends on what the barn offers to it's clients.

    The temperaments are hard to tell you just from a breed. I could say one thing and it be completely opposite, it really depends on the horse. I am sure that your boss won't throw you in with a really hot horse until she thinks you're ready for it.

    There is an entire forum for natural horsemanship on here, I suggest you take a look at it!

    With the nervous horses, be calm and quiet. Don't make sudden movements or noise around them, and definitely get them used to having you around.

    I'm sure others will add on to what I've said. ;)
        06-16-2010, 06:42 AM
    Thanks I'll make sure to check that out!

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