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post #1 of 8 Old 11-11-2009, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Red face New Job At Large Riding Stable SCARED!!!

ok, so on Sunday I called a stable about a job. Our racing season is winding down now and we are off for 6 weeks without any racing, so that's 6 weeks without pay. Not good... I've been looking for a way out of the racing industry as well, as there is just not enough money in it anymore.


I got a call back that day and talked to the BM/ riding instructor. When he found out my background and experience he basically hired me right there. I went in the next day and filled out some paperwork and theyre starting me on thursday. I got to pick what days and how many hours I wanted to work which was really nice. He also said that because of my experience he wants to start me at a higher pay than what they usually start people at.

Its all cool. Basically cleaning stalls, feeding, turning out, haying, cleaning the barn, etc. im just nervous. I've never been around riding horses. And this is a really nice place. They pay $600 a month for stall rent. Theres a huge indoor and outdoor arena, big paddocks, etc.

Im scared. I don't want to blow this. Im also taking a course soon to become a certified equine massage therapist. Hopefully working there would help my business. Around the racetrack (atleast the one im at) people don't really use things like those because they don't have the money, and they don't really believe it helps. So I had to get out of there to find people that did use it. im going to pee my pants!
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-11-2009, 08:47 AM
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Awww, don't be nervous! I started working in big show barns and worked at one Standardbred racing farm. The only real difference is the lack of "colorful" language at show barns!! When you arrive, ask the BM if someone can show you the way they like stalls done, asiles swept, buckets scrubbed, etc. Every barn has their own little way of doing things. As for the people, they will be enthralled when they learn of your background and EVERYONE will have questions about the racing industry! Good luck, and just remember to be confident. The BM wouldn't have hired you on the spot if you weren't worth it!

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-11-2009, 09:09 AM
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Awww, don't be nervous! I started working in big show barns and worked at one Standardbred racing farm. The only real difference is the lack of "colorful" language at show barns!! When you arrive, ask the BM if someone can show you the way they like stalls done, asiles swept, buckets scrubbed, etc. Every barn has their own little way of doing things. As for the people, they will be enthralled when they learn of your background and EVERYONE will have questions about the racing industry! Good luck, and just remember to be confident. The BM wouldn't have hired you on the spot if you weren't worth it!
Exactly right!! And yes everyone does things differently, so just ask how they like things done. I'm sure they're thrilled to have you!!

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-12-2009, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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that's the part that's always made me nervous! Im scared ill screw up the way they want it done lol. Oh well. I leave in like, 15 min. I don't like getting up at 5am!!!!
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-12-2009, 05:34 AM
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yeah Im with the above. Just relax, be yourself and if you stuff up its cool, don't worry. In my first week on a new job (non horsey in a shop) I stuffed up on the till and got called back to explain a $98 discrepancy (thats how much was missing) I a) nearly passed out B) explained until I was blue in the face. So relax and be cool

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Congrats on what sounds like a fantastic job!! Finding good barn help is really really hard so I have a feeling your new BM is pretty ecstatic in finding you. She wouldn't have hired you if she didn't think you'd be right for hte job. So just be confident in your skills and experience. Also be willing to learn and work hard. I'd rather have someone wanting to learn and work hard wtih no experience then someone lazy with tons of experience. Good luck!
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Let us know how everything goes!

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-18-2009, 09:29 PM
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It's been a week, how's the new job working out?

I hope every thing's been great :)
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