5 June 2009

Learning new skills

One of our locals owns a number of horses and was looking for someone to help care for them during the week.  He came in on a recent weekend asking to put an advertisement on the notice board to ask for help.  I quickly asked him how old he wanted this person to be and suggested Eric.  15 was quite OK, especially once he saw that Eric was quite a tall, physically capable lad and obviously responsible.
Lana went there with Eric on the first visit to meet the owner and have a second ear to know the tasks required.  So Eric now has a new job feeding the horses, ensuring they have enough water and occasionally meeting a vet or delivery vehicle. 
As part of the deal, the owner will also teach Eric lots of skills about horses and horsemanship.
The horses are very impressive animals, bred for racing and they are all getting used to this new lad who feeds them every day.  I popped out there earlier this week with Eric to see what he had to do and took a number of photos, including the one above. 
Eric is enjoying his new job, as well as his work with us at the shop, lawn maintenance and his homeschooling.

1 comment:

Contessa Kris said...

Well! It sounds like you've had a busy couple months. The store is a lovely idea for kids learning responsibility. Love it. The new pictures are beautiful. I tried to get my teen to work at a farm but she was nipped twice one summer at camp and won't go near a horse. I'm thinking the little one will want to though. She keeps asking for horse riding lessons.

Love your VW Bug. We had one when I was a kid. In fact I remember my first time driving it... in daddy's lap when I was about 5! ha