Hi. :) I wasn't sure what section this went in, so I just went with General.
Anyway, I am trying to get back into the "horse world" so to speak. After the holidays (or during, I'm not sure) I was planning on beginning riding lessons again. I took them for about two years and then stopped for about a year because my instructor went to college and I never found anyone else suitable.
I am going to college (very seriously considering Midway College in KY) to get a degree in Equine Science or Equitation Instruction. I'm currently a junior in high school, so I don't really have that long to get back into gear. I feel like if I don't start working with horses again now, I will be majorly underprepared for college coursework with horses.
The thing is, though, since I have already had riding lessons for two years and I would consider myself to be a pretty good rider...where do I go next? I would love to ride and show in barrel racing or reining, but it is pretty much a necessity to own my own horse if I want to do that. I don't own my own horse. So I think taking riding lessons with a new instructor may be counterproductive unless I am actually learning something. I would just be wasting money.
So basically the question is how would I be able to put myself into a place with horses and not just take lessons, but possibly train horses? Would it be wrong to just call a barn and ask to speak to their trainer and just try to be an assistant for a while? I just really need some help on how to go about doing this.
The really crappy thing is that my boyfriend owns a horse who is not trained and really has no manners at all. His folks won't let me train the horse. They're saying if I get hurt that my parents will just sue them. It really upsets me that they don't understand that this is probably the ONLY opportunity I have to build skills in training before I go to college. It's extremely frustrating.
This is sort of my first post besides my introduction, so I hope it is in the correct section and everything is acceptable.