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  • Stable hand jobs over the summer

    I'm looking around for jobs as a stable hand over the summer and I'd like to ask you all--what are my chances of getting hired for something full-time like mucking out, turning out, feeding, and washing horses? As a 16-year-old who'd probably need to live on site, I feel like I have a very slim chance of anyone actually wanting to hire me. I do know my way around horses and could do a lot of the basic barn maintenance stuff, but I think my age and need for lodging are pretty major turn-offs. What say you? Thanks so much!
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    I had this kind of job when I was your age.

    But! It was through word of mouth. For them and for you, this is the way to go. Start now and tell everyone with a smile what you told us.

    I hope you get a hot, sweaty, long-houred job with some great people this summer!
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      #3
      Thank you for the encouragement! The problem with word-of-mouth for me is that I don't live in the same town where I hope to be working. My family and I go to this place over the summer so I can't really spread the word until after the time I'd like to start working. I sent an email to one barn saying essentially the same stuff I said above, as well as enumerating my experience with horses, but that was two days ago and I've received no response. Which is kind of why I'm worried.
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      • #4
        I think many barn owners will consider having a minor live on site as quite a liability to take on. Why can't you live with your parents? If you can't drive are there no barns within bicycling distance?

        A "job" you might consider if you need some place where you live on site is being a junior counselor at a summer camp. Junior counselors usually aren't paid but are given lodging and meals.

        I would suggest e-mailing a professional reume to places you would like to work followed up by a phone call.

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          sorry - wrong thread
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Renae View Post
            A "job" you might consider if you need some place where you live on site is being a junior counselor at a summer camp. Junior counselors usually aren't paid but are given lodging and meals.
            I worked as a stable hand at a Girl Scout camp when I was 17 - council rules may vary, but in ours you had to be 16 to work in the barn and 18 to be an instructor. Other types of camps may be similar, I don't know. Working at camps typically doesn't pay very much - but you get a place to stay, plus food, and usually are busy enough that you won't spend much of what you earn.
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            • #7
              OK, best not to go into detail but let's just say I read the title wrong. The kinda wrong that would cause the thread to be deleted. That is all. Carry on.
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              • #8
                You might look into summer camps. I had the best job in the world when I was 16 at a residential summer camp.
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                  ako
                  OK, best not to go into detail but let's just say I read the title wrong. The kinda wrong that would cause the thread to be deleted. That is all. Carry on.
                  Me too. And I Promise I'm not a dirty old man. The setup was just perfect.
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                    Originally posted by HunterJumperGin View Post
                    Me too. And I Promise I'm not a dirty old man. The setup was just perfect.
                    Haha, glad I could make someone laugh I guess! Probably should have rethought that title O___o Anyway thanks for all of your help! I don't know how well summer camps would work or how many there are near me, but I will look into it!
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