Dusty Penguin

Child of God and in love with my Lord. Wife of a wonderful man. Mother of a young adult, two teens, and a miscellaneous menagerie of furry and finned creatures. Work full-time outside of home and as little as possible at home:)

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Location: Cedarville, Ohio

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Alesha's New Job

No sooner did we get home from taking Erika to college, then it was time for Alesha to leave for her new job. She got home from Circle C Ranch on Saturday night, and left for her job on Tuesday or Wed. morning. She works for an extremely wealthy family that owns show horses that do dressage events. She is a groom. Right now she is in southeast PA and in October they move the horses down to the West Palm Beach area of FL. I don't have any pictures to show. It was very hard to see her go, especially not really being able to picture what her situation is, and it was so nice being able to see her every couple of weeks this summer.
Here are some excerpts from her letter home: "This job is pretty boring and long hours but it's decent money so its okay." "I feel like I stepped into a Victorian novel...I feel like the hapless groom from a Victoria Holt book. It really amuses me that they look down on the people who get their hands dirty taking care of the horses, then they just show up and ride." "We get to the barn at 8. We take off all the night wraps and hand walk each horse for 40 minutes. We give them an hour back in their stall, then hand-graze them 30 minutes each. We clean all the buckets, grain dishes, water the indoor ring, roll the wraps, stuff like that. After lunch we graze again, do various chores, and wait for .....to show up. Whenever a horse gets worked he gets a 15 minute warmup and a 15 minute cooldown. We pick out their hooves and wrap their legs every time they leave the stall....we even have to polish her boots and spurs." "I stopped at a church one night after work and I guess they do a night service, so I'll try to get to that."
So, that's the latest news from our poor Victorian groom who works as a servant for rich folk. The worst part is that she works with horses but can't even ride.


Blogger Hannatu said...

I've got to write to that Victorian groom. Too bad she can't ride the horses. That must be a bummer.

Friday, September 08, 2006 8:57:00 AM  

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