Since ten days I am an intern, again. This time at Marius Schneider’s stable “Gestüt Moorhof” in Germany. Three words: I love it!
Stable work is stable work, where ever you do it, and, of course, I would rather stay in bed when my alarm clock rings at 6am. There is the mud, the manure, and the hay dust. I would love to throw away my socks in the evening. However, this time I feel like I’m part of the place. First of all, Marius is a great boss. As a master of the academic art of riding, he has tons of knowledge and his feel and skill with the horses is something you don’t see very often. Due to his great way of teaching I always leave the lesson with the feeling that I’ve learned something. I had nine lessons in ten days; whenever possible he tries to fit us in his very busy schedule. We’re also being taught by his girlfriend Carina, who also teaches academic riding. I’ve already learned so much! What’s more, Marius made sure that I know exactly what to do and how to do it, and he showed me e.g. how to lead his stallions and told me about the character traits of every horse. He gives feedback so that I know if I do a good job.
Then there is the family. Marius’ mother, Brigitte, is the good soul of the place and always has time for a chat. Jochen, Marius’ father, helps with the ‘men’s work’ and cooks lunch for all of us every day. He is a professional cook! Marius’ sister also comes from time to time and helps with the cleaning. It’s a real family business.
My fellow interns, Lisa, Niklas and Corinna, are awesome. We’re having lots of fun and support each other.
This is just to let you know that I’m doing great 🙂 I will try to write more next time, but now I really need to go to bed. This weekend, Bent is giving a clinic at Moorhof, so there is lots to prepare.
Just one more thing: I really feel like a dream come true. When I walk across the field in the afternoon and watch the grazing horses, I know that this is what I’m supposed to do and that this is an amazing opportunity.
I’ll keep you posted!