Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
It helps to start riding different horses, many different horses. The more horses you ride the better as they all have different personalities and temperaments. What works for one horse may not work on another horse. It may be slow going finding the different horses to ride until again, you earn peoples respect and trust. When I was 15 I had one person who would let me work his horse... slowly over the years it built up until when I was 22 I was working 5 horses. Not training, just exercising.
If you are really serious about this, one of my suggestions is... even if you have your own property, if you can afford it, have your horse at a boarding stable for a while. In this way people will see your horse, how you treat it, how you work with it and can better form an opinion of you. Once people know you, then you can slip to people that if they ever go on vacation, or need someone to get their horse out, let you know, you'd be more than happy to exercise them. This is how I started working with the horses that I did.
Once you start getting a GOOD reputation with other horse owners I would start contacting trainers and let then know that you want to learn about training and ask if you could apprentice for a summer or so on. Mind you, this is work you will most likely NOT get paid for. You will also most likely start with grunge work (mucking stalls, grooming horses) until you earn their trust and respect. You must always show THEM respect and not talk back.. something that can be hard for anyone.