So what should I do?
So I went to my apprenticeship interview at a company called (name removed by moderating) They are big dressage competitors in Derbyshire but I live 2 hours away. I'm not sure whether to give the trail runs a go. I first spend a week and then a month there. I am not sure whether I should take it or not? I will get professional dressage training MVQ's, free livery, free food for me and my horse, live with the family but there will be no-one my age (which shouldn't be a problem because I get on better with adults) it's very isolated, cold area and I'll be away from home. Also, my biggest issue is that they're professionals so I doubt I'd be allowed to work with my horse the way I do. All their horses bits and don't get told off and mine gets a tap on the nose for biting.
What should I do? Should I go for the trail runs and see if I like it but risk having to go to college or 6th form or should I find another one a bit closer to home?
And how can I move this thread to the right page?
Where did you want it?
If you want to explore a career in horses, and if you get offered an apprenticeship, then take it.
Go, listen, learn, understand that they are expert professionals and that you can learn learn learn from them. Be there with an open mind and a closed mouth. Absorb everything that they tell you, grab every opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge.
If you don't want to explore a career in horses then go to sixth form or college.
If you are not sure, then go to sixth form, do your A levels, mature and grow, and then try for the horse career if you still want it.
Oh, and it's not cold in Derbyshire. Every job with horses in the whole wide world requires exposure to the elements and the ability to put on the correct clothing and get on with the job.
I meant to put it in the trainers thread.
And compared to where I live further south it is freezing, my coats that normally keep me warm didn't. But I think I'm gonna go for it. I love working with horses and will hate to go college or sixth form.
Go for it - I'm currently doing a degree in Equine Science in Cheshire, so I'm pretty much level with you, and I definitely noticed the cold my first year here having moved up from Devon.
Buy warm clothes - my fleece lined waterproof chaps are lifesavers in the winter, as is my fleece earwarmer (my head gets too hot if I wear hats). Layer up, I love my bodywarmer in the cold as it helps keep my core warm without adding extra layers to my arms that restrict movement.
As for the training differences - you may well learn a lot, and perhaps even decide that you want to change the way you train, or they might, you never know. The head of Equine at my college is a reiki master, and loves natural horsemanship, but often clashes with yard staff over practices on the yard, but they respect each other, and work around it, and compromise. If they can make it work, I'm sure you can :lol:
This doesn't make the place bad. It just means that you have your opinions. It's good. You may decide to change your opinions or not, that's your choice. But you can work with professional, endure what you think are "bad choices", learn anyway all the good that there is to learn, and one day possibly run things your way.
Be open minded. Try to understand why things get done, or not done. IE in some places where the goal is competition and there are a lot of horses, groundwork and ground manners are not taught because the trainers have to train from saddle, and when they are not they are too tired to waste time in stuff that is not requested of them. Said trainers can though teach you a lot about riding. It's ok. Learn everything you can, so you can decide later what to do.
I'm happy to learn from them, I just dont want to have to change how I do things with my horse because they don't want me to.
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