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librahorse94 06-23-2010 03:14 PM

i need advice.
I just got a call from a beautiful farm giving me an interview for a groom job. And I am extremley nervous as this is my first real interview and it's a upscale barn. Any Advice and if any of you attend this barn that would be wonderful! COGI FARM, Equestrian Community, Pawling NY, Dressage, Hunter Jumper that is the site for the barn. Thankyou.:-P

Speed Racer 06-23-2010 03:16 PM

What kind of advice are you looking for? How to dress? How to act?

librahorse94 06-23-2010 03:20 PM

Yeah And what exactly i need to know.

LeosAmericanShadow 06-23-2010 03:21 PM

that place is GOREGOUS. just saying. wow if i lived in ny i would definitely board my horse there! and yeah, what kind of advice? how to dress? act?

LeosAmericanShadow 06-23-2010 03:23 PM

just let them know about your passion and experience with horses and dress nice, but not too nice, just don't go in jeans boots and a t shirt, that might be rude?

librahorse94 06-23-2010 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by LeosAmericanShadow (Post 668912)
that place is GOREGOUS. just saying. wow if i lived in ny i would definitely board my horse there! and yeah, what kind of advice? how to dress? act?

Basically and Facts that i need to know about the job.

LeosAmericanShadow 06-23-2010 03:28 PM

well, how often are you going to be working and what kind of things are they going to have you do?

Speed Racer 06-23-2010 03:30 PM

I don't know what you'll need to know. Only the person interviewing you will know if you have the skill sets for which they're looking.

As far as dressing for the interview, I'm going to assume it's at the barn and not some office, so you should wear a decent pair of slacks (no jeans!), some boots or shoes that would be appropriate for walking around a barn, and either a button down shirt or a nice polo.

Your hair should be tied back if it's long, and use minimal makeup. Small hoop or post earrings and an understated necklace are fine, but no rings, bracelets, or watches that can get caught on buckets, stall doors, or any of the other myriad things around a barn.

If you have dragon lady claw fingernails, cut them to a more reasonable length. Fingernail polish should be either clear or neutral. No wild designs or crazy colors.

Be polite, and act interested and pay attention to the what the interviewer is saying. Maintain eye contact and smile when appropriate.

Do not speak about personal things that have nothing to do with the job. They're unnecessary, and will make you look unprofessional.

Answer all questions promptly, and to the best of your abilities.

Good luck.

maura 06-23-2010 03:31 PM

Hard to know without knowing the job description.

They will want to know your experience, apart from caring for your own horse.

Have you shown? To what level? Did you do your own show prep? Who were your previous instructors? Will they give you references?

Trainers or barn owners where you've boarded? Will they give you references?

Can you braid? Pull manes? Trim heads and ankles? Pull and bang a dressage tail? Are you familiar with the different grooming and turnout conventions for hunters and for dressage? Can you drive a van or truck and trailer? Can you drive a tractor and run a manure spreader and a bushhog?

Can you lunge? Do you understand how to lunge in cavesson and side reins?

Are you comfortable getting beginners to the ring for lessons? Checking girths and adjusting stirrups?

librahorse94 06-23-2010 03:34 PM

If not Jeans, should i wear my jodhpurs with my pasture shoes?

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