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Career Story: Stable Operator And Riding Teacher

Stable Operator And Riding Teacher

Job Title: CEO Of Small Business

Type of Company: I do freelance teaching and training along with my business at home.

Education: n/a

Previous Experience: I worked with horses which led to my current position

Job Tasks: My day starts with feeding the horses which are stabled in my barn. They then have to be checked for any injuries or lost shoes and turned out to pasture (weather permitting). If I find any injuries, I have to evaluate them, and sometimes I have to call the vet. With the lost shoes, you try to go out into the paddock to see if you can't one, and sometimes you even get lucky. Then the farrier comes and replaces the shoe. Another commonplace chore is mucking out stalls; water buckets have to be emptied, scrubbed and refilled daily. And checking the fence line is a must. You don't want your horses running free around the neighborhood.

After that I usually head out to some of my client's and work with them and/or their horses. I work with young horses and they need to be taught everything from manners to being ridden. Sometimes you come across a horse that is difficult to work with, and you need a lot of patience. Those horses you have to take it slow with. You can't rush your training, or you end up with setbacks. I am back home usually by lunch time to feed the horses hay again.

Then there is the teaching riding part of my job: that's fun! I get to share my knowledge with people. I teach beginner riders to advanced. I teach beginners how to groom the horse, and later how to saddle it and then by stages how to ride.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I truly enjoy the teaching part. Riding is a bonus too. To see a person have that light-bulb moment is worth a million bucks. To see someone evolve from a timid person to one with tons of confidence is awesome. It is wonderful when the horse you're working with gets what you are teaching it too.

The not-so-fun part is getting stepped on. Being launched in the air like a shot from a gun is not so much fun, but unfortunately, it's a part of the job.

Job Tips: You'd be unlikely to go into the business of stabling and training horses unless you were already involved with them in some way. But find a good trainer who's willing to help you get your foot in the door, and take courses. There is always something new you can learn. Try to keep an open mind; in fact, take lessons from several different people: they all have something useful and different to offer.

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