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PostSubject: Horsey careers advice   Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:29 pm

Our daughter who is in 3ème, is thinking about what she might like to do after her brevet.
She is leaning towards eventually doing something with horses.
Can anyone advise what further study/courses are needed to go into this field please?
She mentioned the CAP, but I'm not sure this is specifically for equitation.
Any help greatly appreciated.
We are in Brittany.
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:13 am

'doing something with horses'.
is too big a subject to advise on, does she want to be in racing, breeding, riding school work, training, veterinary based, showing, jumping, eventing, dressage? as a professional rider or a groom?
unless she is very good ( & pretty lucky) she is unlikely to earn a good living from horse work, many of us who went into it for the love of horses found we couldn't even afford to keep our own horse on the naff wages, it ended up as a choice between having a horse & working with horses, later still when marriage & kids entered the frame it gets even more complicated.

having said all that some do manage to have it all......but not many.

i would suggest she uses her week-ends & holidays to get experience at the types of work she is interested in, that way she can narrow down her choice and learn the truth of the industry & not the soap opera sh*t the kids magazines tell them. a good yard will always teach you something, & even a bad place should teach her something too, even if only how not to do something.

i have seen many starry eyed kids waste their time & give up after a few years to go into 'normal' work and have a private horse.

a kid who hated school did week-ends etc for me, i helped her learn and later she went on to her BHSAI & then BHSII levels before becoming disatisfied with long hours, poor wages, terrible work conditions, (living in a caravan & bad employers), & not having her own horse,

so she gave up horse work and retrained as a hospital physiotherapist, it took her a long time as she had to start at GCSE level exams right through to her degree etc, but she now owns her own house, horse, car etc has a good wage and teaches & coaches in the evenings and week-ends, thats her compromise between horses and work.

if your girl is dedicated, none of this will put her off, if she is talented & lucky she will make it, if she is a happy soul who likes mucking about with horses and does not care about anything else, she should be ok.....but she can't say she was not warned.

good luck bye
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:31 am

Thanks sallee
she has her own pony, and has been riding since she was 6, done up to galop 4.
she goes to a school (very good one) for lessons twice a week, and on other days too when she has the time (helping out, competitions etc)
she seems to want to do riding school work (at the moment!) although at 14 do you really know what you want?!
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:01 am

Check out the MFR site (maison familiales rural)

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the link might work if not just google MFR

here the kids go to school and do week/2weekly work experience a bit like rthe old apprentiship system and each school will specialize in something ie horses, agriculture, farm machinery,care of the aged etc and this all goes ends in their bac

however the CAP is really just a certificate to say they have attended school and has no real worth in the work place . Our son is at MFR now doing agriculture and loves it, 17 weeks school 17 weeks work experience.
Have a look
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:03 am

Ok the link does not work, my fault, can't work these bloody things. Too old

just google MFR
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:43 am

Hi Bob , I've just edited the link , is that the page you wanted ? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:23 am

Yes thats it , thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:17 am

thanks will have a look at the link when we get a min!
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PostSubject: Re: Horsey careers advice   Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:46 am

Another site that may be of use; [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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