Hence why I would like to find a working student position to decrease the cost of lessons. Don’t mind doing a few hours of work before I ride but I can’t afford to pay the $500+ up front for the SBU team. It really sucks as I’d love to join but financially it is not plausible.[/QUOTE]
Looking for someone who is flexible above all, I can’t ride every week and only want to do it 1-2 a week at the most and would appreciate someone who understand that school comes before all.
If you want a working student position, or for someone to reduce their rates for you so that you can ride, consider what value you bring to the table. You can’t make it all about your schedule and then have someone make their horse available to you when you feel like. From their point of view they need to be able to plan ahead of time whether they will have help that day or not. If they have other help they will need to plan ahead of time what days off the other help wants to take, etc etc. If they think you are coming to help with water buckets and pitching hay at lunch and they allocate their time accordingly and give the other person off and then you call and say “Sorry can’t make it today,” they now have to pick up those pieces. Their life is just as important to them as your school is to you.
So if you can’t for example plan ahead to allocate a particular afternoon on a particular day of the week and then show up even if it is raining or if you have a test tomorrow, and if you are kind of holding a ‘last minute cancellation’ card or a ‘randomly I won’t show up for two weeks’ card in your back pocket because well you did tell them school comes first, then probably no, not the working student route for you.
But if, on the other hand, you do have the time management skills to get your own life accomplished while also being reliable for other people, then pick a set of things you can RELIABLY perform for another person and see if they will let you ride their horse in return.