I've never had much of a career goal in mind, just horses. About 4 years ago I decided I'd like to have my own boarding/show barn, train horses, give lessons, maybe raise raise a few horses. Sounds like the typical horse lovers dream right? Well instead of trying to go about it in the typical way I've got something else in mind. I've lived at a boarding stable for 4 years now, my mom is the barn manager so I also do alot of the work too. I'm used to feeding, watering, cleaning stalls, dealing with difficult boarders, all that fun stuff. I've had alot of projects the last few years, training them up and I normally sell just because they weren't what I was looking for. I've gotten some nice compliments from recognized trainers in the area about me starting horses on barrels. Even been told im better with colts than alot of people, that came from a pretty hard critic too.I've been being paid to ride horses off an on (whenever one comes along) for about 4 years now. Never have got to see those horses become finished barrel horses due to their new owners lossing interest or just never riding them. I've broke a few horses, my own and someone eles. They were easy rides, taught everything from the ground then it transferred to the saddle. I've got a colt that I intend to keep now though I'm starting on barrels, so i'll have one I finished finally. As far as lessons, I've always helped my friends out because I've been running barrels longer. I've only been giving official lessons for about 3 months, to one girl. Working with her and riding the horse too, everyone has noticed they've improved greatly. As far as breeding goes, I love researching pedigrees. Mainly barrel racing bloodlines. I understand a fair amount of conformation, and will keep learning. Yep, that's my dreams and what I do know and have done so far. I grew up with horses and barrel racing, around many barrel trainers. My mom and grandpa taught me how to start one. Right now im about to turn 19 soon, am working a job I hate but make really good money doing (construction), am a tight wad so money gets saved. I plan to buy land in the next 3 or 4 years to build a barn on to start my goal. In the mean time I plan to start my new colt, so people can see my finished product (he's a really nice colt), keep giving lessons, and work with whatever horses I'm given to work with. Possiably go get a business degree, most likely. Now someone say I'm insane. I've seen alot of people inquiry about college to get to this goal, including a friend. This is just my ideas, seems doable to me but it is my fantasy.
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