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    05-05-2007, 10:01 AM

I have been contacting trainers to see if any are accepting apprentices, without much luck. I finally found one who is, and I need to write up a resume. I have written resumes before, but never for something like this (and never for something this important to me). What should the resume contain. To be honest I'm 22 and my experience with horses isn't that extensive. My parents bought a mustang when I was younger, but we had to get rid of her due to a move. In high school I volunteered in a therapeutic horsemanship program, but we had little to do with the horses other than leading them around. I moved back home and for the past few months I've spent a lot of time with my parents horses. (feeding, riding, and some groundwork) and I've come to realize that this is something I really enjoy and would like to turn it into a career. The only training experience I have is from watching RFD and Clinton Anderson's Gaining respect and control on the ground 1,2, & 3, and Riding with confidence 1, 2, & 3. It seems like a lot of trainers want apprentices that have been around horses all their lives, are already trainers, and have shown horses. Can this be worked around or did I strike out. Thanks for taking the time to read this, any help is very appreciated.
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    05-05-2007, 10:47 AM
I would include all of your horse experiences. I also would highlight the areas that you feel the most confident about even if it is not training in particular. I would add that you have had horses and what kinds and disciplines, which disciplines you have ridden and are best at and all that stuff (beef it up a little) :) I would put everything, if you ever competed in shows, things like that. I hope this helps some. 8)
    05-06-2007, 10:02 PM
I would also like to know if a lack of "professional" experience is looked down upon. Is there a chance I will be turned down because I have never worked with horses as an employee?
    05-07-2007, 12:01 PM
I wouldn' think so but it all depends on what they advertised the position as. If they said that they were looking for a profesional then maybe but if they didn't say that I wouldn't worry about it. That is what I think anyway
    05-07-2007, 08:55 PM
First off start from the ground up, I worked for years as a stable hand (mucking out and turn out, feeding), doesn't matter how old you are, it gave me a lot more knowlage about horses and the chance to ride other horses then my own. I own my own barn now and would rather some one tell me the truth on there resume then beef it up (your only putting your self in danger) so that I can go through the basics (i'm not one to turn one down as long as the have basic knowlage of horses and is willing to learn more) . As for the resume, just tell the truth on what experence you have with horses and tell them on your resume how you plain to further your knowlage once you have the job.
    05-08-2007, 10:35 AM
No where in my post did I tell her to lie I just simply stated that she needed to put in there what areas she was the most confident in and what experience she has.
    05-08-2007, 05:29 PM
Do the resume like you would for any other job. In this resume, though, you're going to include all your experience with horses. Use the same format as traditional resumes. I don't think lack of "professional" experience should count against you. If you had professional experience I wouldn't think you'd be looking for an apprenticeship. Hopefully the trainer will look at it that way too. Good luck!
    05-08-2007, 10:06 PM
No where in my post did I tell her to lie Evil or Very Mad I just simply stated that she needed to put in there what areas she was the most confident in and what experience she has.
Um... I am not a her or she, sorry if I came off that way.
<------22 year old father of one---

    05-09-2007, 10:37 AM
Originally Posted by Jhagedorn0125
No where in my post did I tell her to lie Evil or Very Mad I just simply stated that she needed to put in there what areas she was the most confident in and what experience she has.
Um... I am not a her or she, sorry if I came off that way.
<------22 year old father of one---

Im sorry I didn't mean to offend you I apologize. I was just trying to make a point that no where in my post did I tell you to lie, and that all I was doing was giving my opnion.
    05-09-2007, 05:55 PM
I think it may very much help your application if you can arrange work experience in a local riding stables, livery yard, stud farm etc. This needn't be very long (say 2 weeks, more if you can) but it does mean that you have "professional experience" and that you can hopefully get a positive reference from a business owner; this tends to mean a lot to prospective employers! This should actually help a great deal as while I'm sure you have had a lot of experience on relative's establishments it is the reference that the trainer will be really looking at. Unfortunately a relative's reference does not mean very much for obvious reasons! :(

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