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post #1 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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What do I say?

I found a barn relatively close to where I live that is looking for people to volunteer. I have been looking for a place where I can help out hopefully in exchange for being allowed to ride. I am going to send them an email but I'm having trouble figuring out what I should say. Should I just ask what kind of help they are looking for? Should I tell them about my horse experience?

Also, do you think I would eventually be allowed to ride? I am willing to spend time just doing barn work and work up to being allowed to ride. But do you think, if they're not looking for people to ride, that they might let me at some point?
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 08:50 PM
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Send them an email letting them know you are interested in volunteering there and want to set up a time to meet with them.

Once there and having seen the place, they will question you about your experience and you can inquire about riding in exchange for working. I prefer to do all that face to face.

I volunteered at the barn I bought my horse from (prior to buying, or even thinking about buying) and wouldn't trade a minute spent there. Good and less then good times!

Good luck to you, let us know what happens.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 09:13 PM
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I found a barn relatively close to where I live that is looking for people to volunteer. I have been looking for a place where I can help out hopefully in exchange for being allowed to ride. I am going to send them an email but I'm having trouble figuring out what I should say. Should I just ask what kind of help they are looking for? Should I tell them about my horse experience?

Also, do you think I would eventually be allowed to ride? I am willing to spend time just doing barn work and work up to being allowed to ride. But do you think, if they're not looking for people to ride, that they might let me at some point?
Absolutely you have a chance. Most facilities around here need barn help, and I'm sure many would be willing to exchange barn help for lessons. You have nothing to lose

As for the email, I wouldn't email. Go straight out there and present yourself. Ask to talk to the barn manager or owner :) it is always better to go in person that way they can meet you right away and see what kind of person you are.

I personally wouldn't take an email seriously.
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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As for the email, I wouldn't email. Go straight out there and present yourself. Ask to talk to the barn manager or owner :) it is always better to go in person that way they can meet you right away and see what kind of person you are.

I personally wouldn't take an email seriously.
You don't think that might be kind of an inconvenience for them, to just show up unannounced? If I'm going somewhere to talk to someone about something I like them to know I'm coming and have an agreed upon time so I don't show up when the are busy with something and don't want to be bothered. This especially goes if I haven't met the person before. But I tend to get very nervous about talking to people so maybe thats just me being nervous?
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-04-2009, 01:07 AM
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I kind of agree with you about showing up unannounced. How did you find out the barn is needing volunteers....did they specify how they would like to be contacted? If not, I would at least call first. If you do call, be ready to give them any info they may ask for. If you opt for the email, I would include experience if it will help...but if you don't have a lot of experience, I wouldn't say anything about it until they ask. When you do go in for an interview, I would treat it just like a paying job interview....bring your Id, have some references in mind (along with their phone #) and don't be afraid to talk yourself up. Good Luck!!!!
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post #6 of 19 Old 08-04-2009, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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There was just one sentence in the donations section stating that they need volunteers to help in the office and to care for the horses. They didn't say how they would like to be contacted but the phone number and email address are on every page.

I'm not sure if including my experience would help or not. I rode for 7 years but haven't really been around horses for the past 4 years so I am a little rusty with everything.

Do you think I should mention wanting to ride or just see what happens?
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post #7 of 19 Old 08-04-2009, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I emailed and said I was interested in volunteering and was wondering if there is a time we could meet. Now we'll just have to wait and see what happens! *Fingers crossed*
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-05-2009, 10:31 AM
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let us know what happeneds! Maybe when you go to meet them in person, you could bring up the topic of you possibly riding. I know at barns with a lot of horses, some work with them always needs to be done! whether it just be lounging them, or actually riding. I am sure they will have something that needs to be done with the horses for you!

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post #9 of 19 Old 08-05-2009, 01:25 PM
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Some places are bad about email - if they're busy, the barn manager miht not always keep up with it - so if you don't hear back within a couple days, I'd just follow up with a phone call.
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-07-2009, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Some places are bad about email - if they're busy, the barn manager miht not always keep up with it - so if you don't hear back within a couple days, I'd just follow up with a phone call.
Yeah it looks like that's what I'm going to have to do. I'll probably give it a couple more days before I call just in case they are just busy and haven't gotten to it yet. I really hate waiting though.
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