How do you deal with work and money for now and for the future? Do you live hand to mouth or are you intentionally planning your financial future? And will you make arrangements for your future yourself, or are you part of a pension fund?
Mariëlle Renckens (50), has been working with horses, as a volunteer, since she lost her job after a reorganization.
Mariëlle Renckens (50)
Hours per week: nearly full-time
Pension set up? Yes
What kind of work do you do?
“I work as a holistic trainer and coach, on a volunteer basis, for the foundation I started, Natuurlijk Kind en Paard (Natural Child and Horse). The foundation was gifted four discarded horses and we are using them to teach kids how to treat the animals. This has a calming effect on kids with ADHD, for example, and it helps fearful children to develop courage. It is also our mission to prevent accidents with horses. In the Netherlands, there are 68,000 accidents with horses every year, largely because people still don’t understand horses very well. These accidents are generally serious, because a horse is so big. When you get a dog, you have to take a course before you can take care of it; this should also be the case for a horse. We are offering that training. I have also written a book about the basic tenets.”
Where does your interest come from?
“I was in a serious accident with a horse once. I had to get dug out of the arena. If the horse had rolled over me, I would not be sitting here right now. I was black and blue from head to toe; I didn’t know a body could be discolored in so many places. After that, I stopped horseback riding for a while. But when my daughter started to show an interest in horses when she was just three years old, and I was afraid to let her ride, I realized I had to deal with my fear. I learned the intricacies of classic and natural horsemanship at DressuurNatuurlijk. When my daughter was 8, she got her own horse and that is how it all got started. I created the foundation in 2010.”
How many hours a week do you work there?
“I think, altogether, including taking care of the horses and training them, it is about forty hours.”
What did you do before this?
“I worked in the business office of Algemeen Maatschappelijk Werk (General Social Work), taking on new clients. I did that for thirteen years, until a reorganization made me redundant. There was no place for me anymore. It was done in a very inhumane way. It didn’t make me feel dispondent, but the way it was done obviously affected me. I felt overpowered, as did many others in the organization. I did receive a sum of money: gross EUR 10,000, which leaves you with EUR 5,500.”