You have to be brave. I've been in the horse community all my life and have found that horse people tend to be very opinionated and strong individuals, for better or for worse and in varying degrees. Everyone has a different opinion on how things are done, whats right, etc. You have to be humble, and let yourself learn, but don't let people push you around- just because they act like they know what they're doing does not mean they do.
The best thing I would say, with horses, is first hand experience. Because I've met plenty of people who said they knew what they were doing but clearly did not. I may be young, and not the best horse person, but I can tell a fraud when they can't even pick up a horse's foot!!
Find a barn, first, to volunteer at. You can start small, doing little things, and work your way up. It depends on the place you're at, too, though. Maybe volunteer at a good rescue. That's a good place to get experience. Or try therapeutic riding centers.
Last edited by soenjer55; 12-11-2011 at 10:24 PM.