Groom vs Riding/Training
On the hunt for a new job and I've noticed a trend that wasn't there two years ago when I lasted went a-hunting.
Jobs listed as groom or stable hand or what have you, most of them groundwork only, but then a heap of them are wanting a groom who will do all the groundwork AND ride, exercise or even TRAIN their horses. For exactly the same or LESS pay. One even required grooms to have a full set of PC certs. Not saying everyone is like this, but most PC kids I've met were real snobs with a big fat sense of entitlement and no work ethic.
I'm not a perfect rider, and I've mostly never had a real lesson, picked up most of my ground skills off a TB breaker I did work experience with. I have started horses for friends and family before, but a lot of the work I did was on the ground, and at best they would have been trekking quality when they left me. Even some of the groundwork only jobs have been asking how well I ride, and it's getting frustrating.
I have great work ethic, a bunch of good references from old bosses, my most recent grazing owner and my current vet. Also have a clean HT license (can drive horse trucks up to a certain size, the really big ones I need the next class which I can get it in about 2 seconds if required but trucks that size aren't common so never bothered with it). And yet all these people want to know is if I can school their horses for them!? I probably could DO the riding jobs, but I'm VERY jump shy due to some bad falls and I just don't like my riding to be under constant pressure or scrutiny. It's why I don't compete, and quite frankly the equal pay (which is basically minimum legal wage here because of the hours) for ground only vs ground + riding is an insult. It's happening in a lot of other areas too, people doing more work for the exact same pay as someone doing a lot less work (because schooling a horse or even just exercising a horse daily is a LOT of extra work).
Just feeling a little left out and down right now, so let's hear it for the poo pickers!
Also, what do you guys think? Do you consider a "Groom" to be a rider or a humble poo picker and holder-of-horses?