I recently got a job, working for a guy who owns four Arabian mares. I have to groom them, muck out their stalls, and help with exercising them. So far, I like the job. It was a job I was dreaming of since I became interested in horses. I love the smell of horses, and how peaceful it can be, working in that type of environment. It feels very relaxed, and both the man and his wife are nice, understanding, easygoing people. They are not afraid of being honest, and telling me when I am doing something wrong, which I like. When working with horses, a person always has to be aware of his or her surroundings, and aware of the horse’s body language. I am learning more, each time I go to the barn. My boss is my mentor. He will teach me how to lunge, and how to communicate with the horses; using the right body language, and signals. I have to try not to be so nervous and stiff!
I do not know why I get so nervous and stiff… I know it is a bad thing to do. Maybe it is because sometimes, I am afraid of getting something very wrong. I look up to my boss, and admire his skills with his mares. He always tells me to try to be relaxed around the place, because I am among friends, that the place is not a lesson barn, or show barn. I know that some lesson barns, and show barns can be harsh! Tomorrow, I am going to try to be loose, and relaxed.
I am glad that my husband is happy for me, and is encouraging me on this endeavor. He knows that I’ve always wanted to work with horses in some way. He also knows that I might be away from home longer, since I will be doing this work, and then closing the cafe. The barn work is three times a week, while the cafe work can range from three, to fives times during the week. It really depends on how many hours the manager schedules me for. I do not mind it, although eventually, I do want to move away from the cafe work, and stick with the barn work.
Tomorrow is a day at both the barn, and cafe. I know it will be a long, yet rewarding day. I am excited to see what new things I will learn, and take home with me!