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post #1 of 6 Old 08-13-2010, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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My Jobb =]

Yesterday was the second day of doing my job. The 'employer' is very nice and we strike up very good conversations, and I always remain overly eager to work despite my disabilities and whatever complaints I might find and overly respectful to her. Apparently that's made a good impression and she has inclined that she under no circumstances would want to lose me, and that I will be useful in helping train a pony whose lost some respect.

So far I've been scrubbing green and black algae (Which is impossible to get up) out of water buckets and filling them up to the very very top, mucking out all eight of her corral stalls, and yesterday I began cleaning and conditioning saddles and their respective girths. I'm surprised that I'm not sore from the mucking, because yesterday when I was working I had a good sweat, a good tan going on, and my lower back was aching.

We've agreed that 6 hours for one hour lesson--which amounts to about $7.50 per hour, which is considerably more than any job I could find, considering that it would equate about far less once all the taxes are taken out. However it's not just that, but I'm learning about husbandry in the horse world, how to take care of the equipment, take care of the horses, and soon she will begin teaching me how to properly lunge and help train this pony (who dislikes children, but they're the only ones short enough to ride her!), who I have already begun to feed in an effort to begin her associating with me.

I'm rather happy with this outcome ^_^
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-13-2010, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-13-2010, 05:15 PM
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Awesome! I love barter- it is always nice to be able to learn skills you will use, and further your education at the same time you're paying off your lessons. . . Congrats!
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-14-2010, 09:30 AM
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Congrats!! Wishing you luck with it still. I'm looking for a job with horses too. They don't pay much, but at least with them, it's something you love, so you're more enthusiastic about it, which makes your boss like you more. xD
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-14-2010, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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It pays an equivalent of minimum wage, which is better than most jobs considering that taxes are not being taken away, and I'm getting a lot of experience! And I know that if you work as hard as possible no matter what the odds you'll get somewhere in life.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-14-2010, 11:33 AM
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It pays an equivalent of minimum wage, which is better than most jobs considering that taxes are not being taken away, and I'm getting a lot of experience! And I know that if you work as hard as possible no matter what the odds you'll get somewhere in life.
Continued good fortune in your working arrangement, and you are right that hard work and willingness to learn are key. Not only do your skills. experience, and knowledge increase, but your value to the barn does too (which, don't forget, is indeed a business out to make money). Intern/apprentice type arrangements are often a 'win-win' situation for both parties involved.

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