Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
19 is certainly not too young. I started helping my Dad with customer horses (he would do the training and I would just add miles, ride around town, etc) when I was about 12 or 13, I began starting horses on my own when I was 14 and was training for other people by the time I was 16 (not a lot of horses, but a few here and there). Now, at 26, I am a full time, professional trainer. I am still learning some of the finer points of getting the most out of a horse as I can from my Dad (thankfully he is still around and happy to teach me) but I can turn out a pretty nice, calm, balanced horse. You would probably be surprised at how many people are ecstatic if they get a horse back from the trainer and they can get on, walk/trot/lope, stop, back up, and turn without bucking, running off, rearing, etc.
There will be people with reservations about your ability due to your age, but the best advertisement is word of mouth. Train a horse for someone and if they like it, they will tell 3 people. Those 3 people will tell 10 more people and for every owner you satisfy, you'll have 2 more hearing about it and calling you.
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/