Isabella Fabiano ’20

December 21, 2018. 

Waking up throughout December is usually quite unbearable for someone who has lived in the North all of their life. Usually, I would recommend blasting the heat and bundling up in the coziest blankets in the house. However, I didn’t completely think through how wonderful it was going to be to have summer year round. Next week though, I head back up to New England to spend the holidays with my family and briefly reunite with some good friends. As I pack up to leave the warmth, I came to the realization how odd it is going to be for me to not be on a regular schedule for the next ten days. Having a daily routine of learning and working with horses has really emphasized to me how fortunate I am for being granted a learning experience such as this.

Florida has been treating me well. Not only has it been a satisfying temperature adjustment, but also treating me to so many unique opportunities. I have had quite a few of informative peers around me teaching me new techniques and ways of working with horses and management. The barn I am currently learning at, in Ocala, is operated by a profession horseman. In this facility there are several different sorts of job positions taught. As example, a majority of the horses are sale horses, which means we are required to care for them, ride them daily, and try to present them the best we can to encourage other equestrians to purchase them. In that whole process we’re taught the business part of horse marketing. However, we’re also taught from the very beginning of horse care, from grooming, feeding, treating wounds, to even learning how to train the horses.

Just like any other job or student position you take in, you are responsible for your own actions. Unlike most jobs though, the equine production also requires you to be responsible for several valuable animals. After learning down here for a few months now I have come to realize that the most crucial aspect of the responsibility is owning it and doing what you believe is right every single time. What has actually been my biggest struggle, is my age. I’m sixteen years old and I have work in Ocala with several other girls my age, but I have noticed the difference between how we’re treated versus the majority. It actually shows me how serious this job actually is. At first I was offended by what was expected of me, but it eventually took a good while for me to see how several things were more beneficial for me to watch and learn from instead of taking action.

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.