By Isabella Fabiano ’20

It’s finally starting to cool down in Florida. No longer do we need any blasted air conditioning and fans. Also, the facility is slowly, getting quieter, before the tourists come down for hibernation season. I was able to ship my own horse down to the barn this month, and she loves the warmth and green grass. Last Sunday, we headed to a local horse show where everyone was dressed up in their halloween costumes, the riders and horses both. Our team, Joe’s Angels, placed first out of 28 other competing teams.

On average, I typically ride about 10 horses a day, however, they all are worked differently, based on their level of training. Every weekend we have a rated horse show. One week, it’s in North Carolina, the next Georgia, and then the following week is five minutes down the road. I have come to realize in this business, there is always something to do, then after you do that, there’s something else. Working with the horses though, is the most rewarding and satisfying prize you earn.

I have already learned a great amount about horse care, training, and all around responsibilities. It has already been one of the greater experiences in my life, by far.

A farrier, for those who don’t know, is someone who maintains horses’ hooves. This barn I work, has two different farriers, one for the more important and skilled horses, and then for the easy going horses. One day while the more experienced farrier was working, I watched and tried to figure out what he was doing. Of course, when he explained his work it still was quite complicated to comprehend. Farriers are actually one of the most educated equine professions, but also the most modest. After he finished his last horse, he took me aside to talk. He talked for fifteen minutes before I said a word. He talked about how there are so many better paying jobs, easier time flexible jobs, safer jobs, less stressful jobs, and so on. After going on about how success is so critical in this job, he said one final thing, I will hold onto forever. He said, “In order for you to achieve your own success, you may build your career out of all of the efficient knowledge you gain, and strengthen your career, with your mistakes.”

Isabella Fabiano is a junior at Lincoln Academy, currently spending the school year in Ocala, Florida with Joe Meyer’s Eventing Olympic Training. She is the daughter of Benedict Fabiano from Westport Island, and Cassandra Van Wickler from Damariscotta.