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  • I thought about becoming a working student before going to college or not going to college at all to pursue a riding dream (and I could prob be an upper level rider with the money/time/ etc) but instead I went to college. I'm on a riding team at a school that is NOT an equestrian-oriented school. I graduate in a year and a half. and you know what? I AM SO GLAD I DID THIS! I will have a GREAT career afterwards to afford horses and riding. I am grateful for my IHSA experiences being able to ride and jump different horses is cool. I'm also grateful for my LIFE experiences. I have matured and learned so much and I have an entirely different outlook on life itself and horses. Will I be a BNT? no. Will i be an adult with a non-horsey career with some pretty nice horses showing agaisnt BNT? you betcha.

    i would consider college if i were you!!

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    • Originally posted by Long Spot View Post
      I agree. The after portion is pleasing.
      Compared to the before, yes. However, the "after" still has a lot to learn...straightness for one thing. And the jumps are about 2' max, so it's hard to really judge. I was that kid at one point, a backyard rider with more ambition than training and spent a lot of time as a working student trying my best to learn what was expected from me. It was a great experience, and I went on to BECOME a groom, because despite what the OP thinks, good grooms are hard to find and I probably learned more about training and running a stable as a groom than I ever did as a rider.

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      • Ok... as some COTH members will remember... I once posted something somewhat similar to this. In 2006 AFTER i graduated college. I was working in "Corporate America" making decent $$$ but miserable bc I worked until 6 and couldn't ride after, and couldn't take off time for horse shows. My riding was becoming a hobby and I had NEVER wanted that. I got the same responses as you are getting now more or less... I had a bit more experience than you but the same hungry attitude.

        My advice is this. If you get offered a grooming job, TAKE IT. If you get offered any job you need to take it because it is a start. I took a job as an instructor and taught up down lessons and the only horses I rode were school horses, many of which didn't jump and the ones that did jump, maybe jumped 2'. I worked there for 2 years, and learned a whole lot that i didn't even know there was to learn.

        Then another opportunity came along and I took it. I never would have been offered that opportunity if i hadn't taken the first one. Now I'm doing pretty good... I have a small group of clients, we show on the A circuit and one of my kids even won the Illinois Childrens Medal final last year. Small beans to some, but exciting and motivating to me. I still work as hard as I did when I was 16 like you. You have to take baby steps... I am above nothing. I still take lessons and do clinics and read and watch and watch and watch. I have a ton to learn, I am humble and willing to work my butt off, and the veterans in this area have come to respect me and even like me for these traits.

        You are not the only kid out there riding cheap project horses... there are a lot of you, so be humble and be willing to start anywhere... again, baby steps...
        www.millcreekfarm.net
        **RIP Kickstart aka Char 12/2/2009**

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        • Holy scrapple.

          Did anyone else realize that the OP is also the OP of this thread:

          http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=287469

          Apparently "I'm not reading this any more so blah blah blah blah" isn't new for her.

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          • Oh my. Things make more sense now!
            What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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            • I'm experiencing profound deja vu right now.
              "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen
              http://www.etsy.com/shop/tailsofglory

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              • Originally posted by xemilyx805 View Post
                The small training business my mom runs are all un-broke horses, western horses, dressage horses, or problem horses... We don't have an indoor and the ground freezes so there's nothing I can do then.
                Apparently Mom has morphed from a Horsmanship trainer this time last year into working with just the horses this year...wonder if they have stalls.
                When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                • Originally posted by JackieBlue View Post
                  I'm experiencing profound deja vu right now.

                  Not again!!
                  2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                  A helmet saved my life.

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                  • Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
                    Not again!!
                    *snort* Yup. All over again!
                    "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen
                    http://www.etsy.com/shop/tailsofglory

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                    • I cannot speak to your riding ability, but as one who knows, you are a very good writer. Go to college and major in English. I vote for that.

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                      • Not wanting to make this any more of a train wreck than it already is but....
                        is this the same OP posting now on the Eventing forum?
                        http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=338956

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                        • Originally posted by carasmom View Post
                          Not wanting to make this any more of a train wreck than it already is but....
                          is this the same OP posting now on the Eventing forum?
                          http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=338956
                          Dear god. I think you're right. It sounds JUST like her...

                          Mods? Can I throw the red challenge flag and get a ruling on the houseguest?

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                          • Originally posted by AmmyByNature View Post
                            Dear god. I think you're right. It sounds JUST like her...

                            Mods? Can I throw the red challenge flag and get a ruling on the houseguest?
                            I disagree on that. The other poster sounds humble and grateful.
                            2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                            A helmet saved my life.

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                            • Originally posted by AmmyByNature View Post
                              Mods? Can I throw the red challenge flag and get a ruling on the houseguest?

                              That's awesome! Inquiring minds want to know!
                              "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen
                              http://www.etsy.com/shop/tailsofglory

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                              • Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
                                I disagree on that. The other poster sounds humble and grateful.
                                Perhaps she is capable of learning and has figured out a better way to get the responses she wants? A little humility sprinkled on top isn't much of a disguise.
                                "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen
                                http://www.etsy.com/shop/tailsofglory

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                                • I think it's her. A little too quick to defend, sounds like "WHAT? Who, me?" But I'm a jaded witch, so I could be wrong.
                                  It's a uterus, not a clown car. - Sayyedati

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                                  • The jury is out. This is pretty textbook alter denial. The phrasing is EXACTLY the same as every other time we've had alters...

                                    Originally posted by ChinUpHeelsDown View Post
                                    Sorry, I don't quite understand you... Are you insinuating that I am the other poster in the H/J forum? I can't tell
                                    If you are, I can assure you I'm not, hahaha.
                                    Originally posted by ChinUpHeelsDown View Post
                                    I just read the other post and apparently some people think that I am the other poster. Well, I'm not and I can't put it in plainer terms than that. I should have checked the other forums to see if there were any similar posts I could have read instead of just creating this one, that's my fault.

                                    I do appreciate the advice given so far, though. You guys are helping me out a lot.

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                                    • Originally posted by AmmyByNature View Post
                                      The jury is out. This is pretty textbook alter denial. The phrasing is EXACTLY the same as every other time we've had alters...
                                      Same fondness of somewhat oddly placed commas

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                                      • I'll admit, I have not read all of this thread and might be a little cranky this morning, but my response is simple. You are 16, a lot of working student positions take 16 year olds. Now is the time when you should apply to one of these positions so you can start this summer. This is how you spend all day working as hard as you claim to want to work, learning and making connections. It's not rocket science.
                                        Again, sorry if I'm just cranky, but as a working student who is going after exactly what you are describing, I am exhausted!

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                                        • Yikes! Now the stubborn mule in me just wants to prove you wrong. Any chance the mods would be willing to settle the petty dispute and check our IP addresses?

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