WHAT I WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME - Loper Central
Author: Miranda Westfall
Welcome to Loper Central! We have so many ideas for this project and very excited about the possibilities. There will be a series of blog posts and here is the first by Miranda Westfall. Stay tuned for more and if you're a loper or would like to learn more about the loping job feel free to request permission to join our new facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/loper.central/
WHAT I WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME
I moved to Texas in the fall of 2006, right before the NCHA Futurity. The whole experience was so cool; I was out here in the cutting horse capital of the world with all the big guns! I thought hey, I’m so good at my job…I’m going to go so far in this deal... and fast! Well, at least I was right about part of it... this life has brought me so far, along with so many awesome experiences, but none of it came quickly or without hard work. I had to put my time in.
I was fairly certain in the beginning that I knew a little something about something. I was so desperate to ride, and I was certain I wanted to be a horse trainer. However, I found myself spending most of my time shuffling horses back and forth to the walker or arena, saddling, un-saddling, washing horses off, taking winter blankets off and putting them back on…. Why do we even put these stupid things on them anyway went through my mind pretty often.
I didn't last long at my first job in Texas. When I look back on it now I wish someone had been there to tell me... "This is how it all starts." You have to start at the bottom… Maybe I shouldn't word it that way… You have to start at the beginning. So you want to be a trainer? So you want to run a show barn? You have to start at the beginning, master the little things first. Basic things like, I don't know… how to keep a horse alive, feed, water, and clean a stall.
So ya wanna be a loper? Good. We need more of them. But before you embark on this journey just remember a few things...
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING… THAT IS ALL.
HARD WORK PAYS OFF!
When in doubt, put your head down, shut your mouth, and do your dang job.
YOU ARE NEVER ABOVE ANY TASK. EVER. PERIOD.
You might not want to do it. You might not like to do it. But all of the little jobs need to be done, and someone has to do it!
You're probably wondering where I'm going with this, or thinking to yourself, "Geez would you just get off your soapbox?" I promise, I'm almost done here! These are just some of the things I wish someone had told me, honestly I was probably told these things along the way. I sure wish I had listened. One day, you're going to look back on all of it and see how far you've come. You will probably laugh at yourself and the things you thought you knew! “So ya wanna be a loper”?! We all have to start somewhere and work hard to get to all of the things we want to accomplish. This industry is an awesome one to be involved in and the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice. It is just sticking with the hard work and it paying off in the end!
If you would like to learn more about the lopers in the Cutting Horse Industry and the jobs involved with being a loper including some tricks of the trade, you can search for the "Loper Central" group on Facebook and request permission to join the group.