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    08-21-2011, 06:45 PM
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Yearling
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I would love to be a working student at a place called playland farms. The problem is I wouldnt be bringing in any income to support my bills. But that's all I want to do is be around horses. Anybody a working student..please share
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    08-22-2011, 01:09 AM
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Yearling
I'm a working student, in the sense that I work 25-35 hours a week and go to school full time.

Its hard trying to find something you want to do with supporting the bills. On my path to becoming an Equine Vet, I have had quite a few vets offer to take me on as an intern...but as an unpaid intern, and with school and horse bills stacking up....I just can't do it. So instead I work at a restaurant...I've been trying to work my way into the field but its hard because so many people are willing to do the work for free. =\
     
    08-22-2011, 01:26 AM
  #3
Foal
I work at my parent office. That kind of pays the bills. I also do alot of barn work in hopes that I might get a discount. But it is fun for me to be around horses working and not getting paid since it's the life I always wanted, but it does seem like I never have time for anything anymore. I Also can't find something I want and like to do and ge paid for it.
     
    08-22-2011, 01:46 AM
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Yearling
Yah I worked at a barn for 8 to 10 years abd loved it til things went to hell and I quit. I miss being around horses all the time. Im actually thinking about moving and going back to school so who knows maybe ill find a great school with some great horse activities while pursuing my degree
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    08-22-2011, 07:36 AM
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Lis
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I'm a working pupil at a yard in Britain but I work here full time and get my training towards my BHS exams for free plus I get paid and get accomadation. I do on average about 11 hours a day, usually getting up towards 12 on a weekday and 14 hours on my lates night. It's hard work and I'm always tired but it's good and it's going to get me somewhere in the end.
     
    08-23-2011, 10:16 AM
  #6
Yearling
I was a full time working student for a year and a half. I spoke to the other trainees and my boss and it worked out that we were each able to get some part time work on the side. I worked at the local fish and chip shop 3 nights a week and one of the other girls worked in a cafe 3 mornings a week. As far as our boss was concerned horses were looked and we weren't dumping work on the other so she was happy.

If you can arrange a deal like that it helps.

The other option is can you get paid work there. If you have agistees (excuse my spelling please) often they might be happy for you to provide an extra service for extra cash, services like riding , hand walking, bandaging even as simple as tack cleaning.

We had one agistee who had a baby so the other trainee would look after him for a couple of hours so his mum could go play with her horse.

I've had a couple of girls who live on the property (not trainees, just live there) change bandages on my horses legs whilst I've been away (albeit our rate was 6 bottles of a nice cleanskin we found).

How much money do you vaguely think you need to make, is it phone bill petrol bill feed horse bill or are there other things that make the pocket scream?
     
    08-23-2011, 07:55 PM
  #7
Foal
I’m a full time student. I work on weekends along with managing to compete and own and care for my horse. I still live at home so don’t have too many bills to pay but I understand it does get hard. I’ve recently moved to my fathers and am expected to cover all costs that aren’t a ‘necessity’, such as my horse’s costs, competing costs (entry fees etc.) and my phone bills, etc.

I work at the local racetrack as a stable hand and I love it. I saw it as a job that would open up doors in my future and it already has. I work the morning and afternoon shift on Sundays and the afternoon shift on Saturday. I also pick up the odd shift in mornings before I start school and throughout the holidays.

So yes, it is hard and working with horses as you know isn’t a walk in the park. It’s very physical and can be tiring at times. But I think it is very important to have a job you love, so if working with horses is what you want to do then I say go for it. If you truly want it you can make it work. I can’t imagine myself working somewhere I was up happy with. I personally, would rather be working in a job I love than have a large income.



So good luck. Just be sure to get lots of sleep, look after yourself and eat well, you’ll be fine.
     
    08-23-2011, 08:58 PM
  #8
Yearling
I'm a intern at a dressage farm. I've been here for a year and three months. It's pretty much a full time job as I work 6 days a week, usually 9-10 hours a day. I don't get paid, but I live on the farm so I have my own room and eat meals with the family. I ride as much as I can stand, get multiple lessons daily on horses of various levels, and get to show their horses and qualify for regionals. I earn a little side money by braiding/clipping boarder horses and am beginning to teach a few lessons and train some outside horses. That's just a quick summary, but I'm happy to elaborate more if you want. I love my life, even if I'm not making any money!
     
    08-24-2011, 12:42 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Prinella    
I was a full time working student for a year and a half. I spoke to the other trainees and my boss and it worked out that we were each able to get some part time work on the side. I worked at the local fish and chip shop 3 nights a week and one of the other girls worked in a cafe 3 mornings a week. As far as our boss was concerned horses were
Looked and we weren't dumping work on the other so she was happy.
If you can arrange a deal like that it helps.

The other option is can you get paid work there. If you have agistees (excuse my spelling please) often they might be happy for you to provide an extra service for extra cash, services like riding , hand walking, bandaging even as simple as tack cleaning.

We had one agistee who had a baby so the other trainee would look after him for a couple of hours so his mum could go play with her horse.

I've had a couple of girls who live on the property (not trainees, just live there) change bandages on my horses legs whilst I've been away (albeit our rate was 6 bottles of a nice cleanskin we found).

How much money do you vaguely think you need to make, is it phone bill petrol bill feed horse bill or are there other things that make the pocket scream?
Will I have phone,insurance, vehicle maintance, food for myself, student loan, past debt etc. so money is always tight but I manage. I went from almost 6000 in bills down to 2000 total bills in a few months. My biggest goal is getting all my bills paid to where its just the nessecary bills with no debt. So im working closer and closer to getting the remainder all paid off before I consider anything...
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    08-24-2011, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
I would love to be a working student at a place called playland farms. The problem is I wouldnt be bringing in any income to support my bills. But that's all I want to do is be around horses. Anybody a working student..please share
What state this place is in? I'm curious because I've seen "horsey" positions (like manager and alike) in my area where you can get paid (although I assume pretty low) still work with horses.
     

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