I recently was almost offered a job. It was, no joke, my dream job. A massive stable an hour away, three barns full of jumpers and dressage and lesson horses, two indoor arenas, two out door arenas, a round pen, tons of pasture space. It would have been a live-in job as a Barn Manager Apprentice.
But after touring and making a business proposal as asked, I was told I did not have enough experience because I have only owned one horse (even though it's been seven years), have limited riding experience, never had lessons, and have no formal equine education. None of this I've ever had a chance to gain formally, but I've studied my butt off on my own and have notebooks full of notes and shelves full of informational books about horses.
Anyways. I obviously need experience. I think I've found a place to work in exchange for once a week dressage lessons, so there's the practical, hands on experience.
And for more formal schooling, I was hoping for a place where I can take classes. Online. For not too expensive. It doesn't have to be an official degree, necessarily, but still something that people can look at my educational experience and go "This girl knows stuff."
I had thought about a barn management course here: Horse school, college horse courses, online horse courses ...convenient and affordable equestrian education leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies, Professional Riding Instructor or Horse Trainer Certification.
But it's from Breyer State and I've heard some not-so-great things about them. Obviously a 'certification' there isn't a degree, but do you guys think it would be enough for a stable owner to look at and think that yes, I know stuff, that yes, I've studied (officially) nutrition and saddle fit and management and horse health, etc?
If this place won't work, anyone know of a place that would? Just forewarning, I do not really fancy moving away for college, because I don't have a way to transport my horse and I refuse to leave him and I definitely refuse to sell him.
Since I'm in Ohio, I have, however, considered attempting to go to Findlay.