I became a trainer after learning a lot from not so broke horses, and also went to a riding school in New Zealand. Alot of the time I'd get business from people that saw how I was with my horses and how well trained they were. A lot of it comes from being personable and friendly. I've gotten a lot of clients by just making small talk while riding, giving them compliments for little things, and offering advice if they're having trouble. Don't force your advice on people just say hey I've got some tips.
I've gotten a gig before at a big show barn by answering an ad for a working student. I was broke at the time and really needed something that payed but I figured I could always at least gain more experience. Within 3 days I was head trainer.
Work with lots of different horses since your young take lessons when you can, watch other trainers because you can learn a lot from others, watch lots of videos and really try to absorb. A lot of the time when I was younger if there were horses that needed exercise I'd volunteer, I'd also volunteer with people who were having horses misbehave. I wouldn't ask for money but friendliness and good riding is the best way to get your name out.
When it comes to picking up project horses and retraining them my advice is to flip them as fast as possible. Get your work done, get them out there, and get them for sale and sold. You can start loosing money fast when holding onto them too long.
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