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post #1 of 11 Old 03-10-2009, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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is this possible?

so, I have no idea if what I want is possible, but maybe someone here can help me out.

I want to work on a ranch for a summer. I am not a good western rider, and i know nothing about farm or ranch work. and I am sure it is not the romantic vision I have.

anyone have any tips, hints, reality checks?
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-10-2009, 10:11 PM
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What kind of work are you wanting to do? Fence repair and other handy work would probably be ok. However, the larger ranch work such as dealing with the cows, roping, sorting, and what not could get kind of difficult.

It depends on what you want to do and what the ranches in your area need at the time. I would suggest doing some research at this time.

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-10-2009, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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there are no ranches in my area. i want to go to arizona or some place for the summer...or at least a few months. I'm a hard worker, but don't really have any specials skills...unless you count being an emt.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-10-2009, 10:19 PM
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What about working as a wrangler for a summer camp?

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post #5 of 11 Old 03-10-2009, 11:32 PM
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There are plenty of places here in Montana. You could get a job doing trail rides. Your work as an EMT would probably help. You have to saddle, feed, care for the horses plus give trail rides up to 8 hours a day. It's group housing and fairly minimal pay but fun. I'm sure there are other places like that around here (ID, CO, UT, etc)
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-10-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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what do you mean by fairly minimal pay?
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-10-2009, 11:48 PM
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Like you work for like 55-60 hours a week and probably get like 1k a month plus tips
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-11-2009, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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oohh, not quite worth it monetarily...but it must be a very fun experience
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-11-2009, 12:02 AM
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Yeah, it's mostly college students and such.
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-11-2009, 03:23 AM
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Hmm, I don't know about working on a ranch for pay if you have virtually no experience. There are lots of "Dude Ranches" around the midwest where people pay to have the whole ranch experience but I don't know of any who would really be willing to take on a "new boot". Though your emt experience could be a good thing. Sorry to burst your bubble but it is not likely you will find a paying job doing what you had invisioned. :( Sorry. It wouldn't hurt to look around a bit though, you may get lucky.

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