My 16 year old daughter is on the cusp of moving from 1st to 2nd level. She is very blessed to have a wonderful, sound, sane schoolmaster who, I'm told, was shown through PSG. The article listed on the way in was inspirational. Anna is a very, very hard worker who makes sure that things are done right. We're thinking about approaching dressage barns for a summer job.
If you or your child has done this, how did it turn out? What should I keep my eyes wide open about? Hints?
Thanks in advance for your help.
"The captive bolt is not a proper tool for slaughter of equids they regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck fully aware they are being vivisected." Dr Friedlander DVM & frmr Chief USDA Insp
My daughter is currently a working student for a dressage barn on the East coast. She is there for a year and is 19. For the most part she has learned a lot and has been happy with the experience. There have been some downsides that had we lived closer she probably would have discovered through a working interview or taking the opportunity to observe lessons & show performances. Even with the downsides I think she would say that it's been worth it. The greatest challenges have really been comparing how she was raised (on a ranch) with how things are done there. It's different and she knew it would be; but, truth be told she has a good eye for lameness, knows when a horse is hurting, when it's under weight, lacking muscle to do the job for a full lesson, etc. Keeping her mouth shut has been hard and living with the fact that they're not her horses and she must do as she's told. Again these are huge lessons that will help her determine what she really wants to do, the type of set up she wants to work for, and how she wants to eventually conduct her own business. She does get to ride as well as work. She does get a day off a week and nothing was misrepresented. I think for the most part, entering into this almost blind (she did check in with former working students of the place she's at and the owner/place came with stellar reviews) she's lucked out for her first time out of the starting gate (home).