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post #1 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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gaining expirience

Hey

I'm new here so hello :)I'm looking to gain expience with horses on a voluntary basis at a stable, mucking out and eventually learning more. I'm in the Norfolk area and have emailed a number of places with no success :( can anyone offer advice or possible leads?

Thanks everyone :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 03:58 PM
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Maybe going to the places & speaking to the barn manager in person. That would present a much better image and give them a better opportunity to initially assess you than an email.

Post an ad in local tack stores (most have a bulletin board for stuff like this & sale items). Of course if you are underage, make sure your parent approve.

Go to shows and talk with trainers. May not land you a job but you'll start being known and perhaps they could give you some leads.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-27-2015, 05:20 PM
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Are there any volunteering options? Check "job websites".

Make sure you have a good solid resume that looks professional. When you email, attach your resume, be professional, friendly and use good grammar and spelling.

You want to get your resume out there but you want it to be a GOOD resume.

Don't give up! Best of luck =)
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-28-2015, 01:22 AM
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Health and safety laws have made it very difficult for horse people to have people around that are not actually employed by them.

I know that when I was learning to rode as a child and when I was running riding schools, there were always umpteen children around, some had their own ponies but many didn't. Now the law has changed this and once a non horse owner has had their ride they have to leave.
Some places I know get around this rule by 'renting' a pony for the day.

It is difficult for anyone to have non experienced help around without being at risk of breaking the law should there be an accident.
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-28-2015, 06:41 PM
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Consider attending or joining a riding club, like Pony Club.

I used to teach at Pony Club a little, I joined the local one when I was horseless at university. Once people knew me I was offered horses to ride or compete on etc.

Few people are willing to take a chance on someone they don't know, but once they know you horse people are often willing to offer great opportunities. You might find someone looking for a riding partner who will mentor you a bit.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-29-2015, 04:09 PM
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Yeah, honestly, just emailing people is a bit of a bad look. I'd be thinking if you can only be bothered posting an email to me, you're possibly more effort than you're worth.

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Health and safety laws have made it very difficult for horse people to have people around that are not actually employed by them.
It has got so bloody ridiculous hasn't it?? People can't be expected to take responsibility for themselves any more. Was told I & my kids couldn't ride our horses on the property we keep them(owner has a barrister friend in her ear!), that I was only allowed my kids to ride out on the street!! So I wrote up an indemnity form & got her friend to suck that up... I mean look at it! Now we're all happy!
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-29-2015, 05:43 PM
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At my agistment place they "told" me no riding on the property. They don't particularly care if we do but they want it on the record that's its no riding if something happens. Its not a great atmosphere in the horse world, people are scared of legal responsibility. It just seems to be getting worse and worse.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-30-2015, 11:37 AM
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See if there are some horse rescues in your area. They almost always want volunteers.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-30-2015, 06:56 PM
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^Yeah Saskia, I forgot about that - that so long as you have warned someone(pref in front of others, in case they're... really nice people) and sure they understand your warning, then you are not to be held responsible if they have an 'accident'. I was on a course once and I was too far back in the crowd to see what the teacher was showing, so I stood on a chair. I was shortly informed that that wasn't allowed, because some nice piece of work with a chip on his shoulder had recently sued them when he was messing around & fell off a chair! Apparently he'd sent Occupational Health & Safety to them, who deemed it a dangerous practice. So I said in front of everyone I acknowledge it is a terribly dangerous practice & that if I hurt myself, I couldn't blame them for not warning me. They were happy then, because they were no longer legally liable.
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