This is to all the trainers on the forum.
I started teaching lessons here and there at the barn I rode at as a teenager. In college, I taught people in their backyards. After college, I got a job at a glorified backyard barn. 30 stalls and I taught 25 lessons a week. After 2 years, I moved to a new and bigger barn with my boss. 95 stalls and I teach 75 lessons a week. I am a full time staff instructor and work 6 days a week.
I was never able to afford a horse as a kid so I went through a lot of trainers. Most of them kicked me out when they realized I couldn't show or buy. I was taken in by the barn owner and that is how I learned to teach and train horses. I adore that owner for that and my current boss is a similar sort.
I refuse to force kids into buying, leasing or showing unless they want to and many of my students appreciate that. I recently had 2 of my students move to a barn closer to their home. I do not blame them for that, but within 2 months, one bought a horse and the other is leasing and talking about showing. I was looking for a horse for the first, but I refused to get something that wasn't right for her.
Am I weird for sticking to my guns on my ideals?? My boss supports my decision not to push for a random horse (She even hugged me and said she wants all her trainers to be like me), but I'm scared I will forever be a staff trainer. Don't get the wrong idea, I love my job and I make pretty good money.
But... is it possible to move up in this business without giving in to the idea of pushing people into spending more money?
Please answer honestly. I like to think I will not change no matter what, I'd just like to know how far I could potentially get in this business. Thanks in advance.