As some of you may know I go to Findlay University for Western Riding and Equine Business Management.
Ever since I was 11 I wanted to be a show horse trainer. This summer I got to work for 2 QH trainers and travel with them on the QH circuit. They let me ride everything, and prepare some of the 2-3year olds for futurities during shows. They let me show for them twice. They also let me babysit their business while they were away at youth worlds. Which included riding everything and giving all their clients lessons. Heck, they even let me bring my dog to every show.
But, the more I traveled with them the more I begun to dislike it. What I saw and the people I dealt with put a bad taste in my mouth. In June, we were at a 2 week show a few states away. I received a call from my dad saying that my mom was put into at home Hospice and I needed to come home to take care of her while he was at work. My bosses knew the situation with my mom since day one. I kept them updated with how she was doing regularly. They knew she was going downhill and that I would have to leave eventually.
A woman, who is also a trainer, was headed home the next day and promised me a ride to her house where my dad would come get me. At the last minute she cancelled claiming that she didn't have enough room. I saw her and her hubby pull out at 7am with 2 huge empty trucks. Instantly I broke down crying, she even knew why I had to leave. I only had days left with my mom and I was wasting them trying to get home. The next day I found a ride with 2 other trainers. My bosses were clearly annoyed that I was leaving. They didn't say goodbye, and they didnt pay me for the week I was there.
That really chapped my ***. I started to seriously think about if the QH show world is where I want to be. Even tho AQHA has been trying to crack down on humane treatment at shows since the Shirley Roth incident. There is still alot of things that make you go .
By the time Congress rolled around I was certain this wasn't where I wanted to be. I ended up losing my job during Congress. I was not told why and probably never will be.
So this leads up to my question.
I have been thinking about getting my Masters in Business, instead of a associates in Equine Business. It will be alot more money in loans, but I feel it will open up more doors for me in the long run. Because right now I have no idea what I am going to do with my life. All I know is I want to train horses everyday. What do you think? Should I go ahead and get my MBA?