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    08-06-2013, 04:57 PM
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Foal
how to become a certified horse trainer

Hello, just wondering.... I am interested in taking my horsemanship to the next level. I have successfully trained from start to finish several walking horses and done tune up work on even more started horses. Now I would like to try to make a little extra "horse stuff" money and who knows maybe a career out of training. I have never shown horses and am really not interested in showing but more into training trail/field trial type horses what type of accreditation is there that could help me in my goals.
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    08-06-2013, 05:10 PM
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Green Broke
Word of mouth.
Get a good reputation & people will seek you out.
Paper in real life doesn't mean as much as what you can do.
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    08-06-2013, 05:31 PM
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Green Broke
I don't know if there are any groups or organizations that will test for certification without going through their program first. Usually, you have to train under someone or do their program first before they will certify you.

Word of mouth and references usually is what will more work.
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    08-06-2013, 05:45 PM
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Weanling
You can become a certified "parelli" or "downunder horsemanship" trainer... but it takes 1) a lot of money, and 2) you never really develop your own style.

Personally, I agree with the word of mouth. Being great at what you do and helping other people AND their horses can make you a professional trainer.

I'm only 17 and I'm a riding instructor... all because I learned early and caught on quick... And this is something I want to do for the rest of my life. Hopefully over the years my reputation will be better and better and I'll get to the point where I can claim it as my profession. :)

Keep up the good work, never stop learning, stay consistent, get a good reputation.
     
    08-06-2013, 06:13 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks guys I do have a few local references I can use. I live in central va and have a small barn(4 stall) and enough pasture to take on a couple extra horses and am hoping for the best. My trainer and mentor is behind me and that means a lot to me as she is awesome and has several national champion and reserve champion horses(paso fino) she trained but the owners would. *never* give her the credit she deserves because *they* were showing the horses. This being one of the reasons I am not interested in showing myself.
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    08-07-2013, 03:59 PM
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Weanling
Oh Boy,

Want to make a living at horse training. Fact, not many make it. Those that do are usually good at multiple disciplines,ie, QH, Arab, TWH, Racking. And good with all. You almost have to show, and show a lot. Exposure is normally the greatest at the shows. AND, you have win, and win big. You'll have to adopt a lot of short cuts, you may not really like. Your trained horses have to be good and develop good, quick.

You live close to some of the best and worst gaited horse trainers in the country. Go visit SW VA. Find out whose winning and why. Then decide if it's something your still interested in making a career out of. Look at where the money they spend is coming from, ie, from training or some other business. If your good, you'll be competing with trainers, that could care less if they make any money at it, they have money from other sources, it's a hobby to them. You'll find the trainers that are successful are usually very closed mouth about how they train. These are the trainers you'll need to get to know and learn their ways.

Not that you can not make it, but it's a tough business. The certifications are mostly a waste of money. It's how quick you can make a good horse, win. Do avoid the mediocre to fair horses for training. Avoid the problem horses. They take too much time and will not reward your efforts like a good horse. To be successful you HAVE To HAVE a barn full of winners.

To succeed, you may have do shoeing, or horse trading or horse transporting. If you have enough horses close by, the combination of shoeing, training and showing is probably one of your better bets. Do your shoeing in your facility not a good idea to start spending all of your time traveling.

AND, remember, horse are cheap, BUT well trained, winning horses, still command a good price. To start, you need to sell a few high dollar horses, ie, over $20k each. The word of mouth from these sales is excellent advertising.
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    08-07-2013, 04:18 PM
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Trained
You can be certified up the yingyang around here but no one willing to pay a decent price for your services will consider you. HOWEVER, if you have worked for & apprenticed with well known trainers and they put a good word out for you, you are golden in this neck of the woods.
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    08-07-2013, 04:31 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
You can be certified up the yingyang around here but no one willing to pay a decent price for your services will consider you. HOWEVER, if you have worked for & apprenticed with well known trainers and they put a good word out for you, you are golden in this neck of the woods.
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This - I am not certified, nor is my coach.
IMO most certification programs are a joke - and only test to see what skills you have - they don't actually teach you.

Get experience teaching - this is usually done through traditional academia. In grad school I am exposed to this - and there are a lot of free info sessions for grad students. I would assume colleges would offer certificate programs for teaching, or allow you to audit classes.
Get experience riding - until you yourself can prove that you can show and win at national and international levels - what do you truly have to offer students. Riding is not a "stay one lesson ahead of the kid" thing. You have to have comprehension and understanding that what you do now WILL affect the horse (and rider!) 10 and 15 years from now - and have an in depth understanding of fixing issues - not bandaiding them!! I myself have winning results at an international level and have competed against some of "the best", including an Olympian, with respectable results.

And I still consider myself only to be a basic level coach.

I am getting more training - working towards my judging status and always auditing and riding with respected clinicians to learn more. There is always more to learn! And you have to be very committed to learning in order to be successful - always have a mentor or 5!

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    08-07-2013, 06:12 PM
  #9
Foal
Like I said in my original post not looking to make a fortune at this. And there are a lot more trail riders than show riders. If I can help a few horses have a happy life and get me a new saddle or other tack without the wife barking about the extra money spent wonderful.
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    08-07-2013, 06:20 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by natisha    
Word of mouth.
Get a good reputation & people will seek you out.
Paper in real life doesn't mean as much as what you can do.
Yes, word of mouth and results. When someone takes a ride on a horse that you have trained, gets off, and says "Wow, who trained that horse?" you know you've made it.
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