Some go to school to get their start in training and it may depend in what discipline you are looking to train in. I found that those kids that I went to high school with that went to college for training while I started from the bottom stall cleaning, turning out and grooming we ended up in the same positions(actually riding) in about the same amount of time. I was making a little money and they were spending theirs on college. But I didn't have any idea on an alternate career other than horses/ranch work so college would of been a waste for me at the time, in my opinion. The kids that did go to college had other ideas and ambitions.
I have found that most work their way up, stall cleaning, grooming and saddling, lopers, assistants, colt starters and training assistants then eventually venturing out to train on their own. Many get weeded out in the process. Long days and mostly 6/7 days a week not including shows on very little pay and crappy living conditions, usually a camp trailer behind the barn..LOL! Some trainers offer you a few holes in the barn for your own outside horses to ride and make a little extra money on.
More than likely you will start out with some lesser known trainers, but with a good work ethic and build a reputation for yourself you can work yourself up to the big name trainers. It is easier to make a name for yourself under a bigger trainer, the clients recognize you and may send a horse or two your way when you are out on your own or send clients. And when advertising your services it helps if potential clients can associate with who you had worked for. Not saying that a big name trainer is the ultimate because their is plenty of awesome trainers out their that no one has heard of. All it takes is a big money client that can afford to send 10 futurity prospects to you and hopefully one of them makes the cut a wins you a check :) But horse show trainers are a lot like movie stars, its about who is big right now.
I realized I can not deal with the public or clients. I love training horses, but not the people. I just ride horses for people I know anymore and very rarely that now.
Anyhow that's how I got started, hopefully someone else has some insight or better advice! LOL!
Oh...sounds like you had a nice experience of horse training lol
Go to college, such as William Woods in Fulton MO, Stephens College in Columbia MO, or Lexington KY has many degree programs for horses.
That is what I would suggest, as would give you best exposure to training, and help you meet people in the field.
Or can apprentice with trainer.
I'd love to go to a college, thanks for the suggestions :)
The biggest thing I can recommend is experience. Decide now what kind of trainer you want to be so you can focus your experience in that area. Like you, when I was young I wanted to be a horse trainer, what I didn't realize is that most horse trainers are specialists catering to very specific clientèle. Colt starters rarely are able to produce a "finished" horse, a reining trainer probably knows little about how to show well in jumping, many English trainers don't excel at teaching western events.
Showing is often a BIG part of being a successful trainer, once you have a good foundation in basic horsemanship, find the sport you enjoy and show, show, show, to learn all the ins and outs of how to compete well in that area. Because most people who pay the real money for trainers have their horses for competition, they need someone who can show them all of the little things that make the difference between the top horses/riders and all the wannabees. Also consider an apprenticeship to a trainer, to get experience with different training techniques.
Hmm...hard to tell what discipline I'd train specifically...Right now I'm doing a lot of English, jumping mostly...But I've also been doing a lot of Western as well...Gymkhanas and stuff like that.
I've been showing a lot too already in english and western pleasure classes and I've done a couple jumping classes as well. I also do a lot of gymkhanas. People generally know my name in our club. I get introduced to a lot of people by my coach...EVERYONE horsey in our area knows her, she's everywhere. So she makes sure that I'm known by everyone because I'm practically her daughter and I pretty much live at her place in the barn haha :p
Apprenticing would be a great experience for sure...I could ask my coach if she knows of any trainers that I'd be able to follow around for a while and see how they do things.
Can start working at trainer's barn for little or no pay and go from there. Be prepared to ride the worst crazy horses and get used like a slave.
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Haha that's the funny thing, because that seems to be ALL I want to do right now. Ride bad horses who throw me off and make me get back on and try again.
Start off by riding as many horses as you can- the more horses/problem horses you ride, the more experience you have to help with future rides. Ask your instructor if you can help her with the beginner riding lessons- maybe you can be the one to teach the kids how to tack up/groom, and then you can watch their lesson and take notes. Ride in or audit as many clinics as possible, the "bigger" the name of the trainer the better. Everyone has a different teaching style, take what works for you and turn it into your own thing.
I would finish up by attending an equine university- keep in mind that needs to be more of a finishing school mentality, not a "hey I woke up and decided to be an instructor" type thing. I graduated from William Woods University back in the day and LOVED it- but there were so many people who wanted that EQS degree but had NO experience to back it up. You can't become an instructor purely from an Equine degree, but you can become a MUCH better one.
Best of luck!
I'm definitely trying to ride as many horses as possible for sure! My trainer always lets me ride her horses, especially the new ones if she wants to see how they look or how they react to different people because I'm her most experienced rider and I always seem to be around lol Also, she isn't much of an English rider so if she has an English horse on her hands she'll start with it western and then hand the horse over to me to work with for a while in English and she'll give me a lesson on that horse. So that's a pretty good experience for me. It's really nice to be able to ride her horses for sure!
As for lessons, I've also been helping her with those :) She's asked me a few times if I could start a lesson for her if she just came home from work and needs to change and eat quickly before the lesson. And she always tells me when she's giving a lesson so that I can run over there and watch. So with me watching a LOT of her lessons and on top of that, taking lessons for 4 years with her, I definitely know how to work with kids like the ones she's taught. I've taught a few lessons myself and they went really well so I'm hoping that I'll get some regulars sometime!
Thanks a lot for the advise! :)