As the title states, how did you get started? My friend who is also a trainer called me up and offered me a job at the barn where she was working. I almost said no, I was pretty certain I didn't want to be a pro.
How old were you? 25? 26?
What challenges did you face at the start? There aren't a lot of ways for trainers to learn how to teach lessons or learn how to train. It's a lot of figuring things out yourself. There are also a lot of bad trainers /bad information out there so you have to be careful with who you do listen to. I've had to clinic a lot and work with some older more experienced trainers to keep learning.
Did you live in a "horsey" area, or did you have to relocate? I live in a very suburb-y area that happens to have some big boarding/show barns.
Do you make enough off of training alone to support your self? Yes
Do you train out of your own barn, do you rent a barn/work out of some one else's place, or do you go to each client and work at their home?
I work for a big show barn.
Have you ever come across horses, that you just will not deal with?
Yes. I am best with starting horses, finishing green horses, or tuning up made horses. I can deal with problems, but my specialty is not fixing the chronic rear-er/bucker. There are other trainers who are wonderful at that. And honestly, I don't really want to anymore! I have too many horses to ride and not enough hours in the day to deal with something that wants to kill me.
Do you still enjoy it, or is it too much like work now? Overall, I LOVE my job. I have the best job in the world! But there are a lot of days when I lack motivation or days when it is definitely work. It is an exhausting job that takes a lot of time and energy. BUT, there's nothing else I'd rather do!
I'm sure I would think of more questions, but I just typed this all out then my computer shut down...stupid update...