Since I cannot actively train any more, I am attempting to train vicariously through a young aspiring 'trainer-wannabe'. We have not had anyone help us for several months and are ready to ride a lot of horses as weather improves.
This is a paid position (but you won't get rich) with private living quarters and complete independence from us, other than riding. It involves few if any chores and no stalls or barn work. We only need help with feeding or chores when husband is not doing well. [He does 99% of them but is 72 and has had a stroke, a heart attack and quadruple by-pass open-heart surgery. He is doing much better now, though.]
This person needs to be mature, a very good rider and needs to be looking toward a future of full-time training. This person needs to be able to get on colts and very green horses. This does not take a lot of experience riding colts, but it takes someone that is not timid or afraid of them. We give our horses a comprehensive start, get them really broke, get them soft and gentle and turn out horses any person can ride and get along with. We turn out finished ranch horses, penning, mounted shooting, trail horses and great all-around horses (like those of a generation ago).
We start, but no longer try to finish, reining, reined cow horses or cutting horses. Those have become specialties that do not work to 'cross over' any more. But, we have started a lot of them that have gone on to become World Champions and World Champion caliber competitive horses. [We just sold two that went to California and are in training now with a top reined cowhorse trainer (has won the Snaffle Bit Futurity) that really likes how they were started.]
We take out trail riders. An apprentice does not have the drudgery of it, but can use some of the trail rides to school on green horses. This is an intense, full-time riding job. It requires ambition and drive. A person can get on 8 to 10 different horses a day. A person will learn how to deal with spoiled horses. [ I think I bought one yesterday -- a 14 year old spoiled kid horse.] But this is mostly going to be teaching a green or un-started horse to be a really broke, go anywhere do anything kind of horse.
We currently have 5 or 6 well trained horses that are ready (actually way past ready) to work on cattle -- just no one able to do it for a good while. We keep cattle and/or bison to train them on.
These horses are very well-bred and very athletic. Our stallion has reining points and sires very athletic horses. He is Colonel Freckles, Doc Bar and Zan Parr bar breeding. Our mares are Foundationbred, but are daughters and granddaughters of horses like Playgun, Doc O'Lena, Smart Little Lena, Doc's Hickory, Peppy San Badger, etc. We have always selectively bred them bigger than the average tiny cutters and reiners.
If you think you might be interested in taking on this job, PM me or answer me in this thread. I welcome an open discussion so anyone interested in this knows what they are getting into.
Thank you for your time. Cherie