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    09-09-2013, 12:33 PM
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Foal
I want a career in horses, but I can barely afford to be around them.

Sorry if this isn't the appropriate board!

I've loved horses since I was a tiny kid (like all of you, I'm sure!). And I've always dreamed of making them my career. However, I was only able to really start about 3 years ago (I'm 20 in a few months). I never had the opportunity to join FFA/4-H/Pony club as a kid, either. My trainer tells me that I'm a very good rider, but I suffered some confidence issues in the past year or so, due to being placed on a horse who was far too advanced for me. I'm taking lessons again, but I still don't feel like I'm learning enough. I want to jump and gallop and compete and all that fun stuff, but I'm basically riding in circles. Literally.

I'm interested in getting an intership or taking some courses- something. But I don't see how any place giving internships would give me a second glance because of my lack of activity. I'm definitely motivated and willing to work, but I simply don't know what to do next.
     
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    09-09-2013, 01:51 PM
  #2
Weanling
Volunteer..... Everywhere. If there is a large animal vet, help clean stalls, if there are a couple boarding stables help out there during the week when the ownwers don't have time to bother with it. Anything you can do to put your face out there, or become part of the community will make you a familiar face and folks will see you as a part of it.

Hanging around boarding stables is a good way to learn as long as you can sift through the BS. It is likely that you might find the right people who may need help or may offer you some direction.

Jim
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    09-09-2013, 01:57 PM
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Weanling
Also, don't limit your self to commercial operations. We are a small farm, but we are constantly looking for help building fence and picking up hay, If some one were willing to help us not only do we pay fairly well, we have more horses than we have asses and would be more than willing to let some one use tack and ride, and learn. Anything to make yourself marketable to the horse community can and will open doors.

Jim
     
    09-09-2013, 11:30 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by jimmyp    
Volunteer..... Everywhere. If there is a large animal vet, help clean stalls, if there are a couple boarding stables help out there during the week when the ownwers don't have time to bother with it. Anything you can do to put your face out there, or become part of the community will make you a familiar face and folks will see you as a part of it.

Hanging around boarding stables is a good way to learn as long as you can sift through the BS. It is likely that you might find the right people who may need help or may offer you some direction.

Jim
I don't think my town has any barns that let people volunteer. There are boarding stables, but it's all individuals cleaning out their own pens. I was going to put up an ad offering cleaning/whatever they need, but I don't know if it will work since there are already so many other people offering the same thing for free, only with a lot of experience. I suppose it's worth a shot, though.
     
    09-09-2013, 11:35 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Don't forget to check out rescues, therapeutic riding centers and lesson barns. Ask at your local tack shop or feed shop for suggestions.
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    09-10-2013, 12:00 AM
  #6
Yearling
Volunteer at a rescue! It will give you amazing experience and boost your confidence with some troubled horses. Also will teach you some vettting you wouldn't see other wise.

As for a career with horses have you thought about becoming a farrier? It isn't easy but it can be well worth it! :)
     
    09-10-2013, 12:16 AM
  #7
Showing
The best way to start moving on up? Network, don't burn bridges, don't be mean to yourself, and take every opportunity seriously.

Get out there and do something!
     
    09-11-2013, 12:24 AM
  #8
Weanling
Like others, I recommend volunteering with a therapeutic riding center. I have been for about a year and a half, and I love it! Really amazing. If you find you enjoy it, you could get certified to be a therapeutic instructor.
     
    09-11-2013, 03:52 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by Robot    
Sorry if this isn't the appropriate board!
I want to jump and gallop and compete and all that fun stuff, but I'm basically riding in circles. Literally.
Get used to the riding in circles part most of my riding is in circles in a ring, it's needed to form a good base for the jumping and galloping part!

Also, try contacting riding clubs/farms that host events for which ever discipline you are interested in competing, they always are in need of volunteers to do various tasks! It will help you get an idea of what you need to do/learn by watching others go through the process!
     
    09-21-2013, 03:05 AM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by Robot    
Sorry if this isn't the appropriate board!

I've loved horses since I was a tiny kid (like all of you, I'm sure!). And I've always dreamed of making them my career. However, I was only able to really start about 3 years ago (I'm 20 in a few months). I never had the opportunity to join FFA/4-H/Pony club as a kid, either. My trainer tells me that I'm a very good rider, but I suffered some confidence issues in the past year or so, due to being placed on a horse who was far too advanced for me. I'm taking lessons again, but I still don't feel like I'm learning enough. I want to jump and gallop and compete and all that fun stuff, but I'm basically riding in circles. Literally.

I'm interested in getting an intership or taking some courses- something. But I don't see how any place giving internships would give me a second glance because of my lack of activity. I'm definitely motivated and willing to work, but I simply don't know what to do next.
I would suggest getting in touch with local barns in the area and getting your feelers out there. See about doing a working student type thing where you can work in exchange for lessons. However riding correctly can mean many hours of "riding in circles" before you learn a proper balanced seat and quiet hands.
     

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