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post #21 of 23 Old 12-12-2009, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
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.

In this case I think you would have to find the CORRECT teenager. I know plenty of teenagers who are respsonsible, and I know just as many who aren't. So I guess it really depends on the kid.

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post #22 of 23 Old 12-12-2009, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Thatgirlsacowboy View Post
In this case I think you would have to find the CORRECT teenager. I know plenty of teenagers who are respsonsible, and I know just as many who aren't. So I guess it really depends on the kid.
Completely agree. Some teenagers are as responsible as adults (or even more). It's all depends on how lucky you are.
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post #23 of 23 Old 12-12-2009, 08:31 PM
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I understand completely where kevinshorses is coming from. As an accomplished trainer with a serious work ethic, the last thing a barn like that needs to do is take chances on teenagers. Maybe one in a hundred DO have a better work ethic then most adults, but what barn wants to keep taking those chances? Accomplished barns and trainer would typically rather pay their help then run the risk of something not being done because of "boyfriend problems" or "my mom won't drive me".

Essentially, it all falls into kevinshorses being able to give the perspective of an employer - and he's completely right. I've been there, trust me. Most barns simply will not take the chance of giving a 14 year old chores such as morning turnout because it's not like a regular job - if you don't show up, serious repercussions will ensue.

I think it's a little ridiculous that we're being told we're being mean to her. Help comes in all forms, and more often then not, attempting to coat it in sugar completely defeats the purpose of trying to relay the message in the first place. The OP seems like a dedicated horse person, we're being realistic so she doesn't ruin her chances right off the get go by being rude to a prominant employer who then spreads the word about her. If you want to break into the horse world full-time, you better be prepared to learn the politics, even at a young age. This isn't even like "real world" where you get to lolly gag around - one wrong step even at this age with the wrong employer could destroy her chances of breaking big in the future.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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