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    i got one horse qh means qauter horse my i do not know what lines my horse has but he has stock horse he got golden cream coat his name is barrington heres a photo of him
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    i made a group for horsemad and horse fans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Lots of reading for you
    Vocational Education and Training (VET)

    talk to your career counsellor at school
    I did a VET Animal Nursing course in yr 12. It was great - we did work experience at several difference Vet Surgeries, plus with the RSPCA. After yr 12 I was offered a job at a vet surgery - and then I realised I wouldn't be able to handle certain parts of it so I didn't take it.

    Boxerini if I were you I would seriously look into doing a course like this. You learn alot. And do as the others suggested - go to obedience classes and help out. Go volunteer at a shelter, or boarding kennels. Most importantly - start saving your money, because running any sort of business isn't cheap, and neither is doing various courses and classes.

    I'll be blunt with you - I love my dogs more than some people love their children. If I were to hire someone to look after or walk my dog then I would expect them to know animal first aid, I'd expect them to have several years experience with all different breeds and temperaments, I'd expect them to have some sort of previous experience working with dogs (or to have done courses) and I'd expect them to be level headed at all times - especially in an emergency. Most importantly - I'd have to be able to trust you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    They have equine studies?! OMG. Kassie, Beautiful pally. QH mare? I have two geldings, Both grey (ugh, So not good in red dirt), Australian Riding pony(Romeo) and andalusian (kosmo)
    omg more horse mad people

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Boxerini if I were you I would seriously look into doing a course like this. You learn alot. And do as the others suggested - go to obedience classes and help out. Go volunteer at a shelter, or boarding kennels. Most importantly - start saving your money, because running any sort of business isn't cheap, and neither is doing various courses and classes.

    I'll be blunt with you - I love my dogs more than some people love their children. If I were to hire someone to look after or walk my dog then I would expect them to know animal first aid, I'd expect them to have several years experience with all different breeds and temperaments, I'd expect them to have some sort of previous experience working with dogs (or to have done courses) and I'd expect them to be level headed at all times - especially in an emergency. Most importantly - I'd have to be able to trust you.
    Actually, I am pretty level headed in an emergency, believe it or not. I will look into doing this course. This is what I expect to gain, and do, over the next few years. I want to learn first aid, but I dont want to be a vet- all that medical stuff. Surgery and injuries and stuff doesnt faze me though.

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    Boxerini, I've just been reading various threads and what you have been saying along with responses from other people. You have been given some great advice, and I urge you to really think about what people are saying. Walking someone elses dog falls into 2 categories, first where a neighbour asks you to help out because of a situation (flu etc) which, then you have the professional walkers who charge money. Two very different scenarios.

    As others have said, most people will not want to hire someone with very limited experience, the ones that do are going to be tightwads who possibly have difficult to manage dogs but they don't want to pay the extra money for someone who has experience. I would think a lot of professional walkers would have a contract that they get the client to sign which covers things like liability etc.

    I have years and years of experience with dogs, and I can say the BEST learning curve for me was getting involved with rescue. Up until then I was a passionate animal lover but it opened my eyes to just how little I really knew or understood about dogs. I have met thousands of dogs in the last 10 years, fostered around 200, and would classify myself to be fairly experienced in some areas, but a complete novice in others. I've met dogs of every breed, size and temperament, and each time I have learnt something new.

    About 5 years ago I started up a dog minding business, and late last year embarked on a dog grooming business (after years of clipping rescues, and doing work experience all last year with a couple of friends who have been grooming for 25+ years).

    I don't have any formal qualifications when it comes to animals, but I figure I've more than made up for it with the experiences I've had over the years.

    Despite my experience, would I offer a dog walking service? No way, not because I couldn't walk and control the dogs I were walking, but because I would have no control over other dogs, and in the past I've had a couple of nasty experiences when walking my own dogs. But that's just me.

    My advice to you is go and do your dog obedience classes, learn as much as you can. In the meantime make enquiries to see if you can volunteer at your local shelter, you will meet all types of dogs and be amazed at the learning curve! Maybe if there is a grooming salon go ask them if they need any help on weekends. I think it's great that you want to work with animals, but you need experience, and until you do please do not think about earning money until you've got a good grasp of training techniques, and lots of experience under your belt.

    Please know I'm saying this with the right intentions, and from experience. I've gone from a high paying corporate job to a low paying one (and I don't consider it a job as I love it too much). I wouldn't have it any other way!

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    We havent got a shelter anywhere local, the best we have is a vet. They do dog washes every sunday, so maybe I could drop by and ask if they would like any help? I could ask the vets too, maybe?

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    OT sorry - but I'm confused. Kassie wasn't Barrington Blue the Grey horse?? And the palomino belonged to someone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    We havent got a shelter anywhere local, the best we have is a vet. They do dog washes every sunday, so maybe I could drop by and ask if they would like any help? I could ask the vets too, maybe?
    All you can do is ask, and all they can do is say no! But be persistent, ask every couple of months and you might wear them down! See what other animal related businesses are in your area, approach them too. Boarding kennels etc. Do up a quick CV/resume with your details and leave it with anyone that you approach, but don't expect them to call you, YOU need to call them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    OT sorry - but I'm confused. Kassie wasn't Barrington Blue the Grey horse?? And the palomino belonged to someone else?
    he look gray in the winter because he has a big hairy coat
    that is his winter coat the golded coat is his summer coat

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