I think there were a few posts about this a while back, but I'm too lazy to dig them up, plus I'm pretty sure what I'm asking about is a bit different from what they were getting at.
My dream is to open a 30 horse boarding and lesson barn (spliting it evenly, 15 lesson horses, 15 boarders), owning and managing it, living on the property and giving beginner lessons and having other instructors for higher level lessons since I feel like I suck at all of the specific areas, that may change though. Obviously, I obsess about details too much, and if/when I do this all the above will change, but I'm trying to take tiny steps, starting with talking to my barn owner/manager/instructor about all sorts things a barn owner/manager should know, etc. and asking to work any horses that need it. I'm also starting to look at colleges that would help me with this goal, but I'm absolutley terrified at using the Internet- I tried and it was like information overload.
I was hoping someone (anyone) could help me. I don't even know what I should be going to college for at this point. I feel dumb! I'm 14, a freshman in high school, been riding since I was 5 or 6, just starting showing 3 years ago in local shows (I'm in Michigan) and am at kind of a small barn.
Blah- I'm so jumbled from searching the Internet I don't even know if what I just typed makes sense. I guess anyone who can decode it, help me out! I'll check back in a bit and try to sum it up, but I guess this is it:
I need to find a college that will help me learn more about horses, training, horse management, maybe even a little vet stuff, and I'm not sure how to go about finding one that will suit me and my financial situation (we're not poor, but we're not rich either- I'm going to need scholarships, loans, etc.). Meanwhile, I'm trying to learn all I can, get some odd jobs ASAP (as soon as I'm 16, applications are going out everywhere so I can get a real job) to save money and once I talk to my instructor, try to set up something so I can work more at the barn.
Sigh. That was long.
I apologize for the mini-novel, and hope someone has a few answers. Sweets to all who made it through, you may have strained your corneas.