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post #11 of 23 Old 12-12-2009, 01:30 AM
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The sooner she learns the world isn't a free ride, the better. No employer, or even someone willing to take on a working student, is going to be impressed by the resume of a 14 year old if the attitude isn't there to back it up. Regardless of her experience, she's going to start on the bottom of the totem pole, mucking stalls and feeding horses like everyone does. Acting like you know it all at 14 is a big turn off to most people considering working students. It's simply the reality of the equine world.

I took on a position as a working student when I was 18. I've been around horses since I could walk, trained my own mare from birth, done Pony Club, competed in various events, trained problem horses and assisted in training of others. None of that mattered and I was grateful for the chance to scrape poop from the back sides of $50,000 horses. My attitude paid off and my responsibilities grew. It's amazing how little you realize you know when you admit it and open yourself to everything you can learn slaving in the bottom of the barrels.

Nobody is trying to be mean here, just realistic. If you want to make it in the horse world, those are facts that have to be faced!

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post #12 of 23 Old 12-12-2009, 12:05 PM
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Man o Man!! Who is the 14 year old and who are the grown ups!!

Sounds like she has managed to get herself a pretty good foundation going. Cocky is sometimes a virtue--especially on the end of a rope with a 2 year old stud colt who has only one thing on his mind.

Young Lady find someone you respect and give it in return and your workd of understanding can expand 100 fold.

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Man o Man!! Who is the 14 year old and who are the grown ups!!

Sounds like she has managed to get herself a pretty good foundation going. Cocky is sometimes a virtue--especially on the end of a rope with a 2 year old stud colt who has only one thing on his mind.

Young Lady find someone you respect and give it in return and your workd of understanding can expand 100 fold.

Good Luck.

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Shame on the bunch of you!
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I could not agree more 5 cue!
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Shame on the bunch of you!

Why? She asked for questions potential interviwers would give, they were given. She cannot pick and choose questions or decide if the question is relavent in an interview. She answers well, or she doesn't get the job
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Why? She asked for questions potential interviwers would give, they were given. She cannot pick and choose questions or decide if the question is relavent in an interview. She answers well, or she doesn't get the job

Because she is 14 years old and needs help!

So help her to understand with something other than a crow bar across the head.
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Because she is 14 years old and needs help!

So help her to understand with something other than a crow bar across the head.
I think everyone was very polite and realistic. They asked several great questions (How would you get there? I've heard your horse has problems, what makes you think you are suited to work with my problem horses?) And they gave excellent advice in advising her to be humble and not show ny attitude to a potential employer. I'm sure everyone wishes her the best, but they are doing exactly what she asked for in the OP.
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Okey dokey. I am fifteen and even I know that the way she approached kiwigirl was ridiculous. She asked for questions that possible employers might ask, and when given a question that she didn't exactly like, she responded in a rude manner. She obviously contradicted herself by saying that she is a good listener, when on her post about this said mustang she failed to "listen" to any of the advice. Age has nothing to do with it. Excuse the fact that she is fourteen. Do you honestly think a future employer is going to care whether she is fourteen or forty? No. If a person of any age has an attitude or is disrespectful to the boss, or other workers for that matter, they aren't going to have a job for long.

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I can think of nothing I would hire a 14 yo girl for. There is nothing less reliable than a young teenage girl. At 16 or 17 they seem to have more of thier "stuff" together. That being said, if I needed someone to clean stalls and feed horses I wouldn't care about how much experience they had I would care about haw they would get to work. If they did a poor job or were absent or late a lot then they would no longer have a job. I wouldn't waste time interviewing someone to muck stalls particularly if I wasn't going to pay them.

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Okey dokey. I am fifteen and even I know that the way she approached kiwigirl was ridiculous. She asked for questions that possible employers might ask, and when given a question that she didn't exactly like, she responded in a rude manner. She obviously contradicted herself by saying that she is a good listener, when on her post about this said mustang she failed to "listen" to any of the advice. Age has nothing to do with it. Excuse the fact that she is fourteen. Do you honestly think a future employer is going to care whether she is fourteen or forty? No. If a person of any age has an attitude or is disrespectful to the boss, or other workers for that matter, they aren't going to have a job for long.

It may have been a bad approach and everything that you and other said may be true,But please help and encourage,please guide and give good counsel.
She may not have the benefit of your good fortune.
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I can think of nothing I would hire a 14 yo girl for. There is nothing less reliable than a young teenage girl. At 16 or 17 they seem to have more of thier "stuff" together. That being said, if I needed someone to clean stalls and feed horses I wouldn't care about how much experience they had I would care about haw they would get to work. If they did a poor job or were absent or late a lot then they would no longer have a job. I wouldn't waste time interviewing someone to muck stalls particularly if I wasn't going to pay them.

Actually we had a fourteen year old girl at my old barn and she was a lot more responsible than most of the adults. It was her that I would have watch over Hunter as the barn owner was pretty neglectful - hence the move.
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