• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

question for working students and BO's

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • question for working students and BO's

    I am wanting to apply for a working student program to a local stable.i was thinking ,as it is applying for a job.i thought it would be helpful and professional to bring along a resume and coverletter to show my goals and equestrian credentials,achievements, etc.

    working students:,did you have a resume with you at time of applying for a working student program?

    barn owners/instructors: would you find it not only helpful,but more likely to hire/work with someone as a working student if they had a resume/coverletter with them at time of applying?

    any insight in this topic would be helpful.

  • #2
    I asked all my WS for an resume. If I didn't get one from someone then they came off the list. To me it shows how much the person truly wants the position.
    My life motto now is "You can't fix stupid!"

    Are you going to cowboy up, or lie there and bleed


    • #3
      Please, don't take this the wrong way, but if you decide to make a resume/cover letter be sure to have someone check it for typos.


      • #4
        I always have an updated resume, even if it's just for a job at McDonald's. It makes you look organized and professional. I agree with having a second person review it for typos.

        Maybe I'm crazy, but I always try to put my best foot forward when chasing a job with the horses, since I know how competitive they might be. If the position is a riding one, I also have a DVD that I try to keep updated to my highest ability level. It's easy to walk up to a BO and say that you've jumped four feet and done PSG dressage, but (IMO) it seems much more trust worthy if you can back that up with proof. People flub about their ability level all the time to get a job, and with horses that can really get you into some hot water.

        Good luck!


        • #5
          I always submit a resume, more horsey geared, when applying for WS jobs or even stable hand jobs. I have a website about my riding where pictures are avaliable, and I submit references! Don't forget your references because those are most important usually.


          • #6
            I have only had one WS position where I didn't turn in a resume. I got this job through a friend and was hired on the spot. Guess I got a good reference!


            • #7
              Yes, submit a resume and cover letter. And if your posting and blogging style reflects how you always write with regard to capitalization and punctuation, make sure someone edits it for you.


              • #8
                ^Nicely stated, furlong47


                • #9
                  Also, though I mainly highlight my riding and horsey attributes, I am sure to mention that I can do other non-horsey things. Like, being a personal assistant, running shows and hunter paces, nanny (you wouldn't believe how many jobs that has gotten me!!), leadership awards, etc.. I think those are JUST as important because sometimes you may need to schedule appointments, be a camp counselor, and make bulk orders.


                  • #10
                    Be sure to emphasize your riding first, but any other skills you have as a close second (some examples are knowledge of bookkeeping/accounting, experience with children/babysitting/being a nanny, extraordinary "people skills", which are always important, experience negotiating contracts which could be handy negotiating sponsorships, things like this). As a working student, you will be riding, but you will also get a taste of everything. Wherever there's a personnel hole at the barn, you will need to fill in-- no matter where this hole happens to be. I found that the longer I worked, the less I actually rode: as I gained experience, I was asked to do more "logistical" stuff on the ground, and ended up more on the management side of things (which is actually a good place for me, I am not all that confident getting on horses I don't know and going. I can keep a bunch of horses' grain, meds, workouts, tack, and blankets straight however. And I can untangle and roll a dryer full of polos in a flash.).

                    So be sure to emphasize these skills, also. In the end, I think this is what separates people who can use the working student position to step into an assistant trainer position and go from there and those who can ride but haven't developed the all the skills needed to make the next step. Show your potential employer that you are not a dead end, that you have the potential to grow.