Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
What about a working student position? You'll learn riding, overall horsemanship and pick up some teaching skills all in one shot. If nothing else, it will tell you if a career in horses is for you.
Thats exactly what I did. Even though I had lesson since 7, so I knew how to ride corrctly. The last 4 years I worked at a barn. First cleaning stalls to work off lessons. Then started to do turn outs/feeding. That lead up to more barn managment. After that the trainer/BO took me on and tought me how to teach beg. Lessons and I helped with day camps. Soon I was able to have my own kids and teaching them. 'Course I was still able to go back and ask my trainer if Im doing things right..ect.
But being able to do that really fueld my flames for having a career with horses.
Although, you could just go on CL and excersize some backyard horses. But you'll get more out of the working student/working under a trainer.