I recently I have been considering starting to train and teach lessons over this summer as a job. I have plenty of experience with all kinds of horses and have worked with young horses before (currently riding my -very- green filly with lots of success) and I feel confident in my abilities. I ran this idea by my coach and she's definitely interested in helping me out with all of this along the way. However, I compete heavily throughout the summer and if I end up doing this I'm (obviously) going to lose my amateur status; I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of doing this.
I don't know that I'm looking at this as a career right now (I'm in university but keeping my options open post-degree) so I'm not sure it's worth it. I also don't have anything lined up right now, so I have time to decide whether or not I want to do it. I may hold off until next year with this as well.
My questions: How many of you have dropped your amateur status and picking up professional status to train? Do you regret doing that or was it totally worth it? Pros? Cons?
I'm just trying to see all my options at this point!