Girls Horse Club Blog

The Benefits of Hard Work

Published by • Nov 25th, 2009 • Category: Guest Bloggers, Horse Work

by Raven, age 13

To lease Mickey, I work for his owner fifteen hours a month. That means going to the ranch every Wednesday, working four hours doing stuff like feeding horses, grooming horses, scrubbing out feed buckets, fixing fences, etc. And I’m going to start working two and a half hours more every week to earn lessons. That’s six and a half hours a week. Sounds hard? It is. There isn’t anything easy about making 45 buckets of grain and beet pulp, going around and feeding all of them, scrubbing out the 45 buckets, and then preparing 45 more buckets for the next feeding. Grooming isn’t exactly hard, but it takes doing, especially for long-haired horses and white horses who have been rolling.

My reward?

Riding Mickey nearly every day. Working with him nearly every day. Getting to know the other horse people who come out. When I first started leasing him, I didn’t know if I really wanted to do all that work. But now I know that the work is fun and interesting, and that Mickey is definitely worth it. I love it. I really do. I learn more every time, I get to be around horses, and the result is that I get to lease Mickey. It’s hard, but the results of the hard work are more than worth it. And it’s not just work that I do when I go out—sometimes I go to the feed store or to pick up a horse or drop one off, etc.

Maybe all the work wouldn’t be for some people, but for me the work is benefiting and fun, and the results are wonderful.

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  1. Wow! This is so much like my life! I work during the summers for my barn, teaching a horse camp and helping with the horses, etc. Some people would think its impossible, but I have a lot of fun when I work. Last summer I went out to the field to get this one horse, Pete, and I decided to ride on him bareback. So I used a halter and lead and started to ride him. But when I touched my heels to his side to ask for a gentle TROT, he took off at a canter! It took until we were all the way back up at the barn to stop him, but it was one of the funnest rides of my life. It just shows how much fun working can be! Great blog, I LOVE IT!!!!

  2. Now i KNOW what your talking about hors girl. lol. I started working for my riding horse’s owner last year and it was no basket of fruit for the first few times. One thing i do not like is carrying mounds of dung over to the compost pile… but it has to be time. Izzy’s worth it though. The elderly lady that i work with though doesnt train anyone else, so its nice to just have a one on one and enough time to do it. I’ve learned alot.

    Champion blog

  3. I know what you mean. I work at a thoroughbred rescue just a few minutes away from my house. I get there very early on weekends, work for about three to four hours, then the owner of the rescue is kind enough to let me ride. Totally awesome, since work there is actually pretty fun.


  4. Totally understand! Last year I worked hours just so i could ride maybe a couple times every few months. Being around horses, in general, requires hard work whether or not you are working to ride or working to build a connection with a horse. I know that by spending time with the horse i ride, Kumari, and my favorite horse, Tina, who is only four, I can get places by showing them I care for them.

  5. Hard work DOES pay off! I hope you can continue with Mickey and good luck with all your riding!

  6. I got another reward of working was last night: I got to ride this really high-strung, very-hard-to-ride horse named Mallory!! It was so fun! And she was challenging….one of the first challenging horses i’ve ridden in a loooong time. :P

  7. :) i love it! over the summer i had to work for my trainer to pay off lessons and training for my horse, Pal. In the end hard workdoes pay off. Hope you keep working for Micky :)

  8. lol. I also work at my barn. But of course, just like all of ya, the work pays off!!!I got Gully free for xmas.Its rly fun. If I dont groom him, no one will. So i really need to make sure hestaken care of!

  9. Thanks guys for all the comments and compliments! Mustang23-I hope that I can continue with Mickey too…but so far it looks like he will be sold after all. =( But who knows. Maybe the person will find another horse.
    Jumper-Loping is awesome isn’t it! And bareback would be so cool…I’ve never attempted it, but it would be cool to try some day. Lucky you!
    HF-so far I have managed to avoid stall-cleaning. =D But the inevitable will come eventually…GAG!
    Michelle-how cool it would be to work at a rescue…maybe I will someday. The work is sometimes fun, sometimes not so fun, but it’s all EDUCATIONAL!
    Zanzibar the Great-I might quote you some day! That was a really great line-“Being around horses, in general, requires hard work whether or not you are working to ride or working to build a connection with a horse.” That was really cool.

    Thanks all, and happy Thanksgiving!


  10. You too, Raven. =]
    Working at a thoroughbred rescue means working with a lot of off the track horses. In other words, really hot headed ones. Definitely has been teaching me a lot, I’m usually around the really calm, old, school horses. I can’t wait to ride one of the high strung horses, because I’ve been on the easy tempered ones so far.

  11. Wow, just about everyone here “knows what you mean”…It’s wonderful getting to be with Mickey so much isn’t it? Even though the work is hard, it’s good that you are willing to do it to have time riding and working with Mickey. I probably sound stupid saying this, but I wish I could do what you do. It sounds so rewarding to be able to work with horses! I’m just dieing to be near them, but I guess this isn’t the part in my life where I can be with them all the time. But of course, that doesn’t mean I never will! Great blog!!!

  12. Haha I definately know what you mean. Try riding three or four horses a day for at least an hour an a half each under the hot sun. Sooo much work, sooo tiring, but yet sooo much fun and worth every minute! Hard work always pays off. Excellent blog!

  13. Nevada Sunshine- You do NOT sound stupid! See what you can do about working at a riding stable or just at somebody that you know’s stable. See if you can volunteer at a animal clinic. Lots of them treat horses too. I am sure that you will find something. I didn’t think that I could, and look where I am now. Go and get ’em!
    Michelle-I know, challenges are great aren’t they! Mickey is 23, but he acts much younger because he’s so spirited and cocky. But we can learn from the old ones too, can’t we.
    Stargazer-you are so right. It is so tiring and hard sometimes, but like you said, it all pays off!
    Well, I am going to Fredericksburg for Thanksgiving today and I must finish getting ready…have a happy holiday!


  14. Raven, great blog! I know exactly what you mean! During summers I help with the camps, and I make new friends and teach kids to groom horses and lead kids on horses and I get to ride by th end of the week at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon camps. It’s hard work but really fun. Who knew moving hay could be soo fun! Great blog again, Raven!

  15. We are always terribly busy with work (Cleaning service), and on our days off, it’s catching up on school…My life is so different all because we have a cleaning business, I mean, I love having a house and food to eat, but to tell the truth, I HATE our job! I despise it, but I really can’t complain (Plus, my mom hates when I complain lol). I hope one day I can, when I’m older I mean, maybe during collage…Thank you for saying I didn’t sound stupid :) And you really did help me feel better about the subject, and help me believe in myself about that more. :)


  16. Oops, I meant I hope one day I can work with horses ;)

  17. I know what you mean. Last summer I worked at my stable for the 1st time and had sooo much fun! I learned alot about taking care of horses & it really taught me the benefits of hard work. Working at a stable is something all horse crazy girls should try out. :)

  18. Nevada Sunshine-glad that I could help. Remember that there are girls like you ALL OVER THE WORLD. Some not as lucky as you are, too. You will achieve your dream, trust me! Just have faith and keep dreaming!
    Toppyrocks-Aw, that’s really sweet. I always wanted to work with kids and horses. But today I will get my dream-I am going to take my two little cousins to the ranch and let them ride Mickey! Dream come true!
    CC-I know it’s awesome isn’t it! It’s hard and fun and benefiting all at the same time…
    Catch ya later!


  19. Just got back from the ranch…lots of my relatives rode Mickey and he did so well! I was so surprised! It’s very encouraging when they surprise you like that.


  20. ohhh lucky!lucky,lucky ,so in this blog u really own a horse or riding lessons?

  21. I can’t believe I didn’t comment on this blog! Wonderful! What breed is Mickey?

  22. jade-I don’t own Mickey, I lease him. But I’m hoping to buy him, maybe soon.
    Rochlia-Mickey’s a Quarter horse. He’s a sorrel, with a white blaze. He’s only 14 hands and he’s 23. (!) Nobody believes that he’s that old because he acts so much younger. This is really good, actually. He’s still got a lot of spirit.
    Mickey bit me yesterday. It’s because he’s gotten used to getting treats. So I’m going to stop giving him treats and start slapping him when he tries to bite. This is right, right?