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post #1 of 10 Old 02-12-2010, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Training/working Horses -Need advice- **LONG**

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I emailed a barn inquiring about any type of barn jobs they had available, honestly, I was up for anything.. even if it was just stalls! Well they asked what I've done with horses and what I focused on etc. I got an email back today:

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We would love for you to come down so we can see you ride. We raise Morgans and train all breeds. We also use some natural horsemanship, but draw the line where it would interfere with showing. We have created world champion amateur saddle seat, Western pleasure, driving, equitation, and in-hand horses as well as hunter pleasure, trail riding, and carriage driving. We have a few horses with dressage stride that could be good at that.

IF you are interested, give us a call!
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I emailed them back saying I was most deffinately interested. And I DID mention I know ABSOLUTLY nothing about saddle seat/driving but im more then willing to learn. Along with that I would give them a call as soon as possible.

Is there anything specific I need to know about these types of jobs??

They know my age and such so I hope they arent expecting too much. I didn't over glamorize what I 'know' or what I've done. I mean, I took lessons [western+english] from when I was 7-8 up untill I bought my first horse which was when I was 14, even then I took lessons on and off. I've owned 3 horses and trained 2 of them myself to an extent [both abused] and now training my friends.. that's not a lot compared to some people. The horses I've worked with really taught me what I know because in order to LIVE I needed to have some good idea of what I was doing. I can admit someone else could have gotten the job done A LOT fast then I did but it was a good experience and made me more confident in myself.

For those who want to bring up Chance please look at my other post.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-12-2010, 12:27 PM
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THAT is the right track to go down if you want to learn how to train horses. I don't know what advice you were looking for but you need to learn alot about training and that sounds like a good place to do it assuming that they have good trainers there.

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-12-2010, 12:31 PM
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Frankly, I would just go and let them evaluate you. Usually bad rider or the person with not enough experience dealing with horses are obvious right away. Same with the good rider/experienced person. I can tell from how the one approaching a horse, brushing, saddling, getting on/off whether this particular person has experience or not. Of course we can't know everything and often the way people do things are different from barn to barn, but I'm talking overall.
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-12-2010, 12:36 PM
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I agree with the above. Only they know what theyre looking for, and only they can tell you if you're the right fit or not, as well as what you need to work on overall. I'm also interested as to what you would be doing specifically for them, not just what they do.
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Thank you Kevin. I want to train horses as a career so I see this as a huge opertunity [sp?]

Im probably going to take a lesson at my barn to polish up my position and such because I haven't taken a lesson in a year at least.

I really hope I get this because it will give me a lot of experience :)
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Kevin is right, this is a good road to go down. It's pretty much how I started out, only I was much less experienced, had only a few lessons under my belt. I started at a show stable slinging dung while the owner taught me to ride her horses, her way, so I could later show them for her. Keep yourself open to suggestions and criticism and try to learn from all of it, the good and bad. Good luck with the interview!
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Thank you so much :)
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Good for you.
I too feel this is a good experience for you. One thing to consider if you do get the job is to look into having some type of "rider health insurance" if you don't already have some type of health insurance.

This is an exciting adventure and opportunity for you. If it works out ~wonderful~ If it doesn't pan out then you just keep on trying and move forward.

Let us all know how it goes!
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-13-2010, 06:18 PM
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Good on you I hope you have a blast!

I also went down the path of working for a trainer when I started out. The pay was attrocious but I did it for the experience.
Be aware of what horses they put you on, if you don't feel safe, don't be afraid to speak up before you get on. I was being thrown on horses from all walks of life and I look back now and think thank god I didn't get thrown off badly, I was not covered by insurance and neither was the owner of the property.
Also keep in mind that the horse business can be very lucrative, the trainer you are going to may not be one of these types, but you do need to watch for the common ones who skrew people over for a few extra $$'s. My old boss would drug horses then take off and tell me to bring her the money once i'd sold the horse, and also threatened me that if I told anyone about what she was doing, she would make my life misery.

Hence to say I got out of there fairly quickly, you don't want to tarnish your own clean record by being associated with those type of trainers as if you even train or sell horses down the track, people will still be wary of you and you will struggle.

Best of luck!
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-13-2010, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the great replies im SUPER excited!

Im going to give them a call tomorrow since I got my car fixed!! Ill let you know how it goes and whats going on!
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