Good point about getting folks doing something with their horses. And I think it is great if folks want to learn and do more, everyone should strive to be better- no matter what it is. I guess my foul-up is not the cowboy turned trainer, it's the trainer turned "cowboy".
I know, personally, a couple of guys that are great cowboys went on to apprentice under a trainer and are training for themselves. If I mentioned names, most would say "who???". One actually put on a cow horse deal in Winnemucca(why I used that reference earlier) and a pile of handy guys showed up to take part, it was the who's who. That speaks volumes, in my opinion.
Another guy who is just down the road from me, awesome cowboy, started training horses. Wouldn't know his name if I said it, went over there the other day, all his colts are quiet, easy going but not babied, shows them cattle right away, but not pushed, no yanking and jerking. His aged horses ride super nice and he has won some money.
To look at these guys if you seen them in town or anywhere else, you would never known they could even manage to saddle one. No wool vest and flat hat, no spurs on in Wal-Mart(I seen that today *head desk*)
These are the guys that have done it but don't use the "buckaroo" image to their advantage, they are just training horses and showing folks how to ride them.
(Taps in the SW, I agree different deal, Cholla needles are nasty! I have used them a couple of times during the winter in nasty weather before I had snow-pacs and trying to stuff wool socks into the biggest boot I had to stay warm or a wet heavy snow from soaking through, they were not very well balanced and I spent all my energy trying to keep my foot shoved into them rather than staying warm! LOL! All that stuff has a time and place :)
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.