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    09-17-2012, 01:51 AM
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Foal
Thanks for the ideas. :) I've taken 6 years of Spanish. I want to specialize with horses, but I wouldn't mind anything. Exotics would be awesome. However, I think I want to spend some time at the race track and work my way up from there. I think there is a lot to learn there. Plus, it is a whole lot closer than Lincoln Park Zoo or Brookfield zoo (my two closest zoos).

Haha I tried the craigslist thing a while back, but all I got was spam. Grrr

What kind of time commitment does working at the track take? Would I just be there in the morning? I guess it depends on who you are working for, but what is the usual case? How would I find out who the bigger trainers are? Thanks again.
     
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    09-17-2012, 03:29 AM
  #12
Foal
I think its a great idea.
Since I've been in the racing industry I've learnt heaps more than what I would have learnt plodding around on my hack.

Not only will you get to see and learn about minor injuries eg nicks and the more major ones (hopefully not, but sadly they do happen) eg heart attack, broken legs, you will see how horses cope with stress.

You will also deal with horses of all ages and learn what you can push some horses though and what you cannot push them though.

I've learnt so much and remember listen to everyone opinions and take it all in. - even if you don't like the person or think they are plain dumb. You never know you might rely on their advice one of these days. I sure have! =]]
     
    09-18-2012, 01:29 AM
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The sports section of your newspaper should have a racing section. Who's name pops up the most? Go to the track's website. They list the jockeys who work out of there. They probably list the trainers that house horses year round as well. When is the racing season over? What goes on at the track in the winter months?

You need work history that is going to separate you from the rest of the herd. Everyone's going to have great grades, they're going to have good interviews and glowing recommendations, they've all spent months traveling around the county with the local horse vet. What have you done or are going to do that will set you apart from the others? Of your dream schools, what are their premiere areas of study? I'd find a 4-6 week horseshoeing program. If nothing else, you can supplement your income with some trimming on the side.

Have you met with guidance counselors for the vet school? At a minimum, you've got to do everything on their ideal candidate list than expand it. Being fluent in Spanish is a nice bonus. Have you picked your large animal vet's brain? What contacts does s/he have? Even if it's traveling 100 miles once a week for something special, it could have tremendous payback. I'd find a 1st or 2nd year student, buy them a beer and pick their brain clean. (What did they do right in the application process, what did they do wrong, what preparation should they of had but didn't...)

Pie in the sky, and if money and real life didn't get in the way, I would jump on a plane, go to Africa and work on a rhino preserve. No one else could put that down on their application!
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