Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters
Going to play devil's advocate for a second. As far as the working student thing goes and being slave labor, I'd say it's a good way to find out (the student) if they have what it takes to make horses a career. When you train/instruct for a living and have your own property, the workload is never ending. IMO if one can't handle working hard as a student wanting to get a foot in the door they likely aren't cut out to make a go of it in a professional capacity in the future.
IMO it weeds out those that really want it from those who don't. For every one who doesn't want to work their fingers to the bone for the opportunity there are 10 who do.
I somewhat agree, but also I don't. Yes it's a realistic view of the hard work but honestly what I was doing there wasn't a realistic work day. I'd get all my horse chores done and then be out there digging up weeds in the hot sun for ours, or planting a garden and then having to rip it all out cause she didn't like it.
I was her little pack mule. Do all the things she couldn't be bothered to do and she dangled a horse in my face (it wasn't Sky.. that was a complete surprise) whom I was schooling at the time. Then I had to lift all the kids myself because the other workers were busy doing other things. The horse part was fine and I loved it. It was just the unnecessary things that wore away at my body and the awful pay. There is no way that I could have sustained any life on that pay.
At least growing up your farm was right there. I had to drive every day to the barn during the summer and every weekend the rest of the year 30 some miles one way. Talk about a gas guzzling trip.
The only thing that kept me there were the kids I worked with and a few of the horses.
That kind of job doesn't encourage people into the horse world, it discourages. Not because they don't have what it takes, but because they end up so mangled and exhausted when there isn't such a need to be.
Yes farms and ranches and barns are a LOT of work, but I house sat for a week once and I did everything that the horses needed and I wasn't the least bit tired. In fact I rode 5 or so horses a day (she left me a list if I had time lol)