It's all I've ever wanted to be in the horse business. That's why I went to my trainer, because she offered my an apprenticeship and work in exchange for a paycheck and boarding/training of one horse. I find that I'm strong in dealing with the business and training/lesson giving aspect, but not as much with the breeding in the sense that I'm no good with foaling mares and their pregnancy terms, but I'm getting better. I'm good with baby horses too, with putting ground work foundation on them. I've not had a lot of experience with training the first 30 days, I'm normally the one to put a first couple rides on (Trainer says "That's why we have teenagers!) and then hand them over to her and excersize the older horses, then thirty days later they come back to me.
There's obviously holes in my experience but I think that after the remainder of my time at the barn I will be able to go out a little more independently; I'd like to stay close to my trainer for as long as possible, because her experience is way too valuable to let go. But I know eventually, if this does go as planned, I will have to move up north farther because where I live there isn't as many rodeos and hauling would be very costly.
I've considered looking for a college rodeo team, but there isn't really an opportunity for that in Oregon....I think there's one team, I may look into that, but if that school doesn't have what I need would it be feasable to go out of state? If I was going anyhere it would probably be to Montana, because I have friends and family there I could potentially rodeo with.