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post #1 of 52 Old 06-06-2013, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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The 16 year old Craigslist horse trainer. Can a 16 year old be a "real" trainer?

I just stumbled upon this and had to share... ;)

There are so many things I would like to say about this


the image from the Craigslist ad has been removed. this thread , approached as a critique of the girl, her riding position, her writing, and even her shorts, was against forum policy , which states that we do not post ads here for the purpose of negative critiques or lambasting for amusement.

However, many members chose to discuss the question whether or not a 16 year old really CAN be a horse trainer, as a paid job. That discussion is very interesting and does not violate forum rules. If members want to discuss this, that's fine, but the girl did not ask for her ad to be critiqued her, so please leave such remarks out.

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post #2 of 52 Old 06-06-2013, 10:22 PM
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I'm kind of torn on this one because I do know a 16 year old girl that does some training and she's actually really good at it. She doesn't have enough experience to finish a horse, or work with really problem horse, but she's pretty good at starting them.

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post #3 of 52 Old 06-06-2013, 10:24 PM
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I'm not going to say a thing. When I was 13 I had people asking me to break their horses. The first ones I took in were spoiled that other people had tried to break and failed. By 16, I had rented a barn and kept 4 horses in it in full time training -- while going to school. I finally transferred to night school and started training full-time.

This girl may be a real hand or a total fraud, but I was tall and lied about my age and had more horses to ride than I could handle. I had a pony rider license at the track before I turned 17 and was riding spoiled race horses. I had an assistant trainer's license by 18 and was gate schooling and fixing horses on the Stewards' List. I wish I could ride half as good now as I could when I was 16.

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agreed. at 15, i was training, mostly starting, multiple horses for people. or riding horses people were scared to. locally, i was know as 'the girl that would ride anything' shoot at 13, i started chilly as a 2 year old, and 9 years later shes competed, shown and placed in nearly every western event except cow events.

there are some people that just have it and are responsible enough to handle working with horses, even at a young age.
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post #5 of 52 Old 06-06-2013, 10:29 PM
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I don't blame her for putting an ad up. If I'd had transportation at 16 I'd have had ads up for fixing problem horses. By 16 I had barn sour, broncs, rearers, kickers, etc that I'd fixed as long as the rider could continue with corrections or I worked with the horse long enough.
I had never started a horse, but I'm sure I could've, and still could without much, if any, help. I restarted all of those problem horses, I'm sure starting should be simpler than restarting and fixing bad habits along the way.

She could have made the ad more professional looking, but she's sixteen looking to make some money off her passion, can you really fault her for that? I'm really curious as to what you could say about this.
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post #6 of 52 Old 06-06-2013, 10:37 PM
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By the time I was old enough to climb on by myself and stick I had people throwing me on there's to break/train.
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post #7 of 52 Old 06-06-2013, 10:42 PM
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I don't guess I ever advertised. I always had horses lined up to ride. I have not trained for the public in over 15 years and can barely ride at all and I still have people asking me to ride horses for them.
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Her prices are probably reasonable and she goes out to the owner's premises. Nothing wrong with that, I am sure she's fine.
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While I wouldn't personally hire her, I don't see anything wrong with her trying. She could be a lot more professional, but I commend her for trying and even more if she gets clients. I'm 18 and occasionally post an ad when I'm feeling saucy for a groom or stable hand position
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post #10 of 52 Old 06-06-2013, 11:38 PM
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Hope her parents have good insurance, since she is advertising she is opening herself and them up for major problems.
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