Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The wife of an old business partner was a trainer at Philadelphia Park. What I can tell you is that if the owner expects his horse to do well racing, then he needs a professional. It would be great for you to apprentice under the trainer but to learn as you go and expect that horse to have some success, I can tell you that it is not the job for an beginner.
BTW to actually train a race horse you need a license. You can work with one but the actual training has to be done by a licensed trainer. I can also tell you that a late 2007 filly is at a very big disadvantage. According to the Jockey Club that horse is a 2 year old this coming January and 3 in January of 2010. That puts her well behind those horses she will race against in both real age and training.
This isn't meant to discourage you but only that you need to learn from a trainer if the filly is to have any success.
Concerning the Western saddle, there are a lot of starters that use a Western saddle so that is fine. In fact there is an article in Western Horseman in either the Sept. Or Oct. Issue about just that.
If what you are trying to accomplish is just to teach her ground manors and such, that is fine and would be no real difference from starting any filly. Once she is under saddle then a licensed trainer needs to come in. You could learn a lot from that person as well if that is a career choice.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 10-13-2008 at 10:05 AM.