Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: knee deep in spring mud
• Horses: 0
If I may, I would like to clarify my question: "..Do you compete and place consistantly?"..
While it is not necessary that you compete, those that are wanting and willing to pay to have their horses ridden are going to be expecting the same horse pretty much when they themselves get back on. It is accepted, when looking for a rider, that a basic and common skill level has already been achieved among those that compete. Often more than not this is why a trainer or current and capable competitour will be asked.
To ride for money, my dream life : ) is essentially just that. You will do best if willing to do any and all of it. The more you can do with skill the sooner you will be worth considering : ). I refer to skills such as wrapping WELL, knowing what boot is appropriate/needed, the difference between 'bute and banamine, the broad and miraculous properties of a 20 minute cold hose, stall management, nutrition, first aid, handling, and ALL the rest of the stuff we do when we AREN'T riding... do these things well and you will be wanted and eventually gain good rep worthy of being paid. Riding is that gossamer thin film of icing on a 52 layer cake. Good horsemanship makes the ride The Ride : ).
You might also consider taking a groom's position maybe. Not an easy option by any means but a solid, all-around learning experience.