Originally Posted by GotaDunQH
Being a trainer is not all it's cracked up to be. Be prepared to make no money and work very long hours 7 days a week.
Going to school has an advantage ONLY from a management/business end...on how to actually run your business.
The rest of being a trainer comes from the school of hard knocks. You start by working at a successful training barn and be prepared to clean stalls, work long hours for little pay or for a trade off in your lodging and food, and to do the grunt work. From there, if you are a good hand....you might be given a "project" to start....the trainer does the finish work. If you are REALLY good at that, you'll get more horses to start...and help finish. From there, you'll help the trainer through the whole process and show some of the finished product. When you've done that for a few years....then you can go out on your own if you have made a name for yourself.
Being a trainer goes so far beyond just riding...you have to learn how to deal with "personalities", the cost alone in overhead to have a facility is incredible. My trainer has been doing it for over 2 decades, he has a World Championship under his belt...and he breaks even every month.
So if you want to be a trainer, that's very admirable. Just make sure you have a second job that pays your bills and health insurance.
This is all good advice.
I was a trainer when I was quite young. I worked hard from a very young age, I found the racetrack by myself when I was 17 and started working there full time. I was assistant trainer to a working cowhorse trainer when I was 19. I took horses south for the first time when I was 23. I landed a job training problem horses for a legendary trainer when I was 25.
It's hard work, people don't like to pay their bills, I'm still owed money from when I was training racehorses in 2008.
ALSO, a side effect I never anticipated is that I ruined a perfectly good hobby by turning it into a job. At one point I was getting on 20+ horses a day, I never rode my own horses. Now riding is fun, but it's not the same as it was before I made training my career.
PS they don't pay you to get on the easy horses, or so was my experience.