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post #1 of 21 Old 12-26-2013, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Getting into the training business?

I'm 15 and i was wondering how you could start getting into the horse training and selling business. I have my own horse and have been riding for 11 years. I have a lot of expierence with horses i was just curious about how to begin. I trained a 3 year old paint at my barn because no one else wanted to. I eventually got her to jump and do basic dressage a few months later they sold her for like $5000. Any ideas or tips?
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post #2 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 12:26 AM
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Personally, I look for a trainer that has gone to school for horse training. Meredith Manor is one of the top schools, but other universities have good horse training programs too. You just have to shop around.

There is a difference between "training" and "riding out", too. While adding some miles to a horse is important, many people want a horse that is finished in a specific discipline. Thus the rider needs proper training and guidance to ensure that their "finished product" is up to the owner's demands. This is where going to school really helps. Taking lessons with an instructor in one discipline helps, but it can take years to gain that knowledge. And honestly, if you don't have anything to compare with that trainer, how do you know you're doing things correctly? A school could give you a wide variety of instructors, allowing you room to grow as a rider and a trainer, without biasing your training techniques by basing them on one person.
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 06:01 AM
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The horse business is very much a "word of mouth" business, and what you want is exposure, e.g. getting the results of your training seen in the horse community.
The typical method of doing this, regardless of discipline, is via shows, whether they are big shows, local shows, 4H, rodeos, etc., in-hand or unsaddle. When a horse and rider look good/do well, it is advertising for the everyone involved, the breeder, horse trainer, riding instructor, and barn. At a show, you want people to leave asking, "Who trained that horse?". When people start asking that question and your name comes up, that will be the beginning of a successful business/career.
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post #4 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 10:24 AM
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Agree^^. Word of mouth is going to be your best friend. Before I ever take my horse to a trainer, I ask around to everyone I know. If I hear bad reviews, my horse won't go there. If I hear good reviews, then, I may choose them.

Yes, your training is important too, so get whatever education you need. But make sure you do everything you can to get your name out there in a positive light.

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Also be prepared to live off of very little money hahaha My trainers are always whining about little money they make :)
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 02:14 PM
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Personally, schooling isn't important to me. While it's great to have a piece of paper saying you graduated from such and such school, to me it is more important to see results.

And, as said above, shows are the best way to do that. Riding in them, having students show in them, etcetera.
Also, if you an apprentice or intern for a big name trainer, that's really one of the best ways to get your foot in the door.

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post #7 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 03:45 PM
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Personally, if I were to look for a trainer, I wouldn't even pay attention to a piece of paper from a college.
I want to see horses they've trained and if they worked under any trainer that's already established themselves.

I'm training my own barrel horses and I offer training for problem horses (aggressive, rearing, bucking, etc). I have examples of problem horses I've trained, one of which also showing my game-horse training. The mare I have now will be a gaming horse example and she will be shown. She mayy also make me a hunter/jumper example as well if I can find someone to show her english.

I would suggest getting projects as your personal horses to train and show, along with apprenticing with a well-known trainer if you can. I don't have that option seeing as our only "trainer" around here is not only a rip-off, but also 17 years old. She has clients because her horses win..but would I get on one of the horses she trained? Nope, not a chance. You have to be able to hang on like a bull rider while yanking them around, but they win, right? Hah
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post #8 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 10:27 PM
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Your best option is to work under a well known trainer to build your experience and go from there.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 10:31 PM
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But I have a question - because I am 15 and I want to also train horses.
But what if there are no trainers in your area? Or even two hours away? I live in a place where there are horse people, sure. But no trainers.
I've always wanted to be with those barns where they lease horses and they have schooling horses and such. I always thought that would be so much fun - but there just isn't any around here!!

I do research online, find my own techniques and follow other horse trainers by watching videos and movies, but that is the closest I can come to working under a trainer.

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post #10 of 21 Old 12-27-2013, 10:33 PM
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I think with that you can only do so much research and so much learning on your own.

But maybe when you get older and graduate high school, you can go on and get an internship with a trainer.
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