I missed out on the opportunity to work as a working student/train with Ruth Hogan Poulsen in VT. I was pregnant when she contacted me on yardandgroom.com. It was a really horrible time for me, but she was very patient and told me I could come out any time, whenever I was ready. I ended up placing my daughter for adoption and I was just a mess. It probably would have been just what I needed mentally, but I passed on the opportunity. I still talk to her on occasion and I've expressed that I still want to do it at some point. She still says I'm welcome whenever I'm ready... so I guess it isn't a miss, but my life has branched out into several commitments, including my boyfriend who I live with and will probably marry. I'm in Wisconsin, and Vermont is pretty far from me. It would be a strain on my life right now, which really sucks.
BUT, I'm thankful for everything that has happened to me in life. I'm extremely happy now, and all of the crap wasn't in vain.
As for things I've experienced-- I've had many. I trained under an extremely bi-polar woman. I learned a lot, but she pretty much made that adoption situation a very difficult one in many ways. When I took leave to have my daughter, she had to hire two people to make up for all of my work. Basically she just talked crap about me and my horse and my decision. She'd come down to the barn one day and be super happy and nice, and the next she wouldn't talk to you for an entire week... nice. Very stressful.
I also went down to manage a 48 head farm in the south. It was extremely dysfunctional. I was doing all of the barn chores, teaching lessons full time, treating the many injuries that happened.... ugh. The place was a mess when I got there, and I did a lot of landscaping, repairs, trained many horses to fix their problems...... oh man I worked my arse off. The BO had only been in contact with horses for 5 years total, and she didn't know nearly as much as a person owning a 48 head facility should know. All of the lesson horses were in harsh correction bits, saddles that didn't fit, omg I could go on and on and on. I had my horse there with me, and when I decided to throw in the towel and leave, they stopped feeding her at all. They separated her from all of the other horses completely. She was attacked by coyotes several nights in a row, I'd move her and they'd move her back. It was awful. I didn't get paid but a total of $300. I'm still owed about 2500. I filed a complaint with the state, and she sent back a rebuttal saying I was fired (I quit) on september 1st and left that day (I quit September 20th, left October 4th), that I intentionally harmed horses (actually all of the crap laying around harmed the horses, and the blatant inability to understand horses and how things work), that I stole money (HAH! I watched her hand the $400 in advance lesson money to the hay guy), etc. Oh man that place was terrible.
Out of all of the bizarre places I've worked, and all of the crazy lesson students I've had, I've learned so much about the industry and what its like. I've been a vet assistant, a trainer, a student, a lesson instructor, a farm manager, a saddle fitter, a business owner, man it's been a long road. I've seen some amazing things though that totally trump the bad, and for that I'm thankful.
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