So I was told that I can't give lessons and be paid for them and still show in 4H, it makes me techincally a professional. But also being paid to ride other people's horses does too, I've already done that. It was a 4Hers horse and I still showed. I've never read that in the handbook, and I've lost my handbook to go back and check it. I know that's AQHAs rules, but would that really apply to 4H? I'm also located in the US btw
It would depend on the state I think. But no, they're just jealous that you're giving lessons! Haha Theres plenty of people who give lessons in my group, actually all of the older members give lessons/ train horses/ train and sell horses. That's only true for AQHA.
When I was in 4-h you just weren't allowed professional help in your projects. Like you have to shave your own animals, train them to square up, bath them that type of stuff. If someone in 4-h lets you ride their horse in a show, that might attachly get them in trouble, if your considered a "professional" because they are suppose to do the work.
I was told the same exact thing, that you can not train or do lesson because that would make you a professional. That never stopped me because it was cash not like I was running a professional business and paying taxes. LOL I laughed when a 4h leader approached me on that, there was nothing that the board could do to prove that I was making momey.