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29 June 2006 @ 01:46 pm
The Best Things About Working at a Summer Horse Camp  
Well, it's summer, and that only means one thing...horse camp. Well, that and no school, hot weather, and way better movies than ever come out during the rest of the year. But also horse camp.
So, having worked at the horse camp the barn I ride at has last year, and now working at it again, I'd like to list all the things I love about working at horse camp. 

1. The payment. One hack a week on a lesson horse. That's four hours a day, five days a week, which adds up to 20 hours. And I get one ride by myself on a lesson horse that I don't even get to choose.
2. Watching the lesson horses get spoiled by kids who don't know what they're doing.
3. Knowing that I'll be riding one of those lesson horses later and absolutely dreading it.
4. Repeating myself over and over and over again while none of the kids listen. "Don't walk behind the horse." "Make sure you brush his legs." "You can't go to lunch yet, you have to take care of the horse." And this year is the added bonus: "No, you can't go see the foal."
5. Holding onto a lead rope and trotting a stubborn horse around the ring in 90-degree weather. Then, when that horse gets to walk, I get to go run another stubborn horse around the ring. No breaks for the workers.
6. Walking a horse around an overgrown trail and getting hit with (a) tree branches, (b) tall grass, (c) horse tails, and (d) thorns. A lot of thorns.
7. Kids who think they know more than me because they read books about horses. I'm not saying I know everything about horses...I'm just saying that I ride twice a week, every week, and have been for four years, while they ride one or two weeks a year in the summer.
9. Trying to keep track of four or more kids in a horse barn while the other half rides. Related, trying to get those four or more kids to actually do the worksheets they were assigned to do. Or trying to teach them about things like coat colors, markings, saddle and bridle parts, parts of the horse, etc.
10. Knowing that, instead of being there, I could be somewhere else. Like at the movie theater. With air-conditioning. Not dealing with little kids and stubborn horses. But still working there anyway.

Sometimes I wonder why I still do this. Then I remember the 200 hours of agricultural-related work I have to do for school by January. And I start crying.

I know I haven't posted on here before...besides my little intro-post thing...but I figured, hey, why not start now?
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