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        09-21-2013, 02:12 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Work your butt off for a few years!

    Maybe you need a different trainer maybe your trainer has to many students and can not pay enough attention to you. You need to continue to learn how to ride and care for horses until your trainer is sure you are ready to buy a horse of your own. Start saving now! You are almost 20 so finding an okay job wont be to hard, I was 13 when I started working and saving so my job choices were slim I ended up filling huge trucks with manure and logging for a some people and working at a friends store. I also took lots of lessons for about a year on ridding and how to care for horses. When I finally had enough experience and money to buy a horse I bought one and had to work 8 hours a week for board and even more for training and lessons. I worked allot so that I could buy a saddle and grain along with other tack. You pretty much just have to work your butt off for a couple years straight! There is no being lazy or wining, no taking a few days off! Horses are a 24 ours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year job! I am now 15 and am running my own stable with my trainer and I work everyday caring for and training horses. Btw my parents never paid for anything and now I somehow have more money than them which is not much cause horses do not make you rich in any means.
         
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        09-21-2013, 09:21 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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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
    This! I bet if you call around and offer your time on a free basis, someone will snatch you up. They would be a fool not to! Horses are a lot of work and free help doesn't come around often enough.
         
        09-21-2013, 09:27 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LyraFreedom    
    Maybe you need a different trainer maybe your trainer has to many students and can not pay enough attention to you. You need to continue to learn how to ride and care for horses until your trainer is sure you are ready to buy a horse of your own. Start saving now! You are almost 20 so finding an okay job wont be to hard, I was 13 when I started working and saving so my job choices were slim I ended up filling huge trucks with manure and logging for a some people and working at a friends store. I also took lots of lessons for about a year on ridding and how to care for horses. When I finally had enough experience and money to buy a horse I bought one and had to work 8 hours a week for board and even more for training and lessons. I worked allot so that I could buy a saddle and grain along with other tack. You pretty much just have to work your butt off for a couple years straight! There is no being lazy or wining, no taking a few days off! Horses are a 24 ours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year job! I am now 15 and am running my own stable with my trainer and I work everyday caring for and training horses. Truthfully you just sound winy and lazy. Btw my parents never paid for anything and now I somehow have more money than them which is not much cause horses do not make you rich in any means.
    I agree with saying how much work horses are. With horses, your job is truly never done. However, I do not agree with you calling someone names. This is a place for encouragement, not to bring someone down.
         
        09-21-2013, 09:39 PM
      #14
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    I think that's a it of a jump to assume the OP is lazy. Or whiny , really. You might call her thread a bit if a rant, that's all.
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        09-22-2013, 12:25 AM
      #15
    Foal
    All my experiences with horses (from the age of 14 to 30) were through volunteering at the local public stables. I don't ride now due to health problems but I'm very happy to work with horses from the ground. Don't give up, you'll find something.
         
        09-22-2013, 01:31 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I was a lot like you! I didn't start really riding until I was 18. I got my start volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, then got a job at an equestrian kids camp, now I'm 24 and own a thriving riding academy. I'm booked to the max with 17 students, 5 horses in training, 7 people on my waiting list and 2 more asked to be added to my waiting list today. I'm hiring someone to help whittle down the waiting list. I never had the opportunity to do FFA or 4H or anything either. I must attribute my success to God, in every way. He's the reason it's all working.
    Like others have said, network. Start making friends with people at the barn. A lot of horses go under-exercised, you might land an exercising job. Treat every person you meet like you want to be treated. Consider moving out of the area to find work. Be a camp counselor at an equine camp. You'll get there if you want to!
         

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