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post #1551 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 08:25 AM
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See, I almost thought I was losing it. I knew I posted to this thread and when I saw it in Horse Talk and my response wasn't there I began to question my sanity... That was just mean, but I forgive you this time.
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post #1552 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 08:44 AM
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DS, this sounds at first like a bum rap, but do not take defeat without a fighting! In every place I have ever been, there are always those that back-stab others, sometimes they are successful, but not always!

This sounds like a case where you could really show how professional you are. Plus utilize your connection.

First of all, did you accually fill out an application for this position? If not itis not unusual at all to submit a cover letter/resume with an application.

Even if you have already filled one out, you can submit a resume in addition, either directly or through the existing instructor.

In this submission, what you do NOT do is mention these awful backstabbers. What you do want to include is a bit about your methods of instruction and safety measures you utilize when instructing others.

Make it clear without going overboard, that you take the safety of those you instruct seriously and follow all safety precautions such as:
Wearing helmets at all times when working around horses
checking all tack for wear areas prior to every student use
checking saddles for correct cinching before & after mounting
providing all students with a written list of rules
etc, etc, etc

You of course include references that they can contact.

That takes care of that side, and once you get an interview you can include things like you ride bareback on occasion when training your own horses, but never allow students to do so.

As for the ones that are deflaming your character, if they have really submitted, in writing, that you are unsafe only because you ride bareback when "schooling" your horses, a visit to an attorney may be in order. A nice official letter from an attorney should stop that immediately! Many professional riders ride bareback, some even bridleless too! That does not make them unsafe!

Good luck!!

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post #1553 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 09:23 AM
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Another Professional riding bareback - the "naturall horseback" method is all the rage, of course DS you would be very strict when instructing students, to follow school policy...

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post #1554 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Good Grief DS what a POS. I do believe anyone reviewing the applications will see through her BS. Seriously, since when is riding bareback a huge horse sin? I literally learned to ride bareback. My dad's saddle was way to big for my skinny 12 year old butt so I rode my mare bareback everywhere. I had excellent balance on her as a result - wouldn't ride bareback now because of my balance issues but when I see someone riding bareback that is supremely balanced I can't help but smile. Stacy Westfall looks fabulous in that video Anita Ann posted. I will keep you in my prayers and pray that the right person (you!) is chosen for this position. I have worked with back stabbers before. Thank God my new boss saw right through them and I had CYA'd and had proof. They made my job twice as hard but when I left there I left as a director of my department!
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post #1555 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 04:19 PM
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DS, it really does sound like jealousy and envy. How childish that someone would try to mess that up for you. I'm sorry, and I hope everything works out. As they say, what goes around comes around. I'm a total believer in karma.
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post #1556 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 08:37 PM
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Today my friend Donna brought her horse over. I rode Abby so that I would have a well behaved mount. Her horse was less than perfect at the beginning of the ride. She settled down pretty soon, but she is normally amazing. She said that it was because she hadn't ridden in a week, whereas she normally rides four times a week. I really think that the problem with my Princess is that I have not been riding her enough. I got DH to mow the arena and I am going to try to do some schooling with her.

Donna and I rode 3.8 mile today. That brings me up to 76.2 miles. I'm gonna have to get busy to reach anything like my goal.
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post #1557 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 09:34 PM
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I forgot to mention that I used my new Abetta endurance saddle. It is great! It fit both horses (I used a thicker pad on Abby than on the Princess). It was very comfortable and worked great. I can feel a lot more contact with the horse than I do with a typical western saddle. It only weighs about 15 pounds which is one of the main reasons I bought it.
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post #1558 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 10:45 PM
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Thanks guys for the kind words and support! I am sorry I am just now getting back to you. I had a long work day.

Yesterday was pretty tough, I think because it was all so fresh. I actually am following your advice Anita Anne and am going to turn in my application as scheduled with a cover letter. I have also included references like my past instructors, my certification levels and the parents of other students that I currently have. ALL of my students wear helmets, and even if I myself do not always wear one on my own time- if a student sees me riding--I WILL be wearing one. As simple as that.

And I cant/wont apologize for bareback riding. I was taught to balance by being made to ride bareback. I love my job, and I love my horses and I love the friends i know I cant count on. So many have showed me support these last 24 hours.

I am still hoping something will happen and I will get the job, but I am trusting that God will have something for me. My faith helps me to believe that if God allows this door to be shut, he has something else great in store for me.

Again, thank you all so much for the well wishes and support! I needed to get my confusion and anger and sadness out, but I didnt want to be to vocal about in a real-life situation because I did not want the girls to be aware of how successful they were in getting under my skin and deeply hurting me.

I always say it, and I will say it again, HF rocks! :)
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post #1559 of 2156 Old 08-24-2013, 10:47 PM
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I hope you get the job!
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post #1560 of 2156 Old 08-25-2013, 01:04 AM
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So glad to hear you are proceeding with the application!

Don't let anyone bring you down or slander your good name & reputation. We are all here for you

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