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post #1 of 28 Old 10-20-2010, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Becoming A Professional Horse Trainer

I have been thinking long and hard about this for some time. I always knew that I wanted to be a horse trainer, but I never thought I could do it because I couldn't afford the lessons and I didn't really know how to go about it.
The more I talked to people and the more I tried to figure out a solution, I discovered that it is possible to take courses online and become certified. It is a long process, and involves a lot of hard work, as would be expected, but I am very excited to start.

I am not able to go to traditional college for personal, as well as financial reasons. I just find it a little irritating that you are forced to take a whole bunch of classes that have NOTHING to do with your all. I know they're training you to be professional or whatever, but I just don't find it necessary. A couple of my friends who were excellent students in high school dropped out of college because they just couldn't handle it, and their so-called education didn't prepare them at all for college. If anyone from Pennsylvania out there knows of the school Moshannon Valley, you know exactly what I am talking about. -_-

I have seen a couple of places, but so far this is the one I like the most. The website is a little cluttered, and it isn't a degree-based schooling program, but I like the faculty as well as their system. You are taught each lesson at your own pace, and it must be mastered before you can move on to the next lesson. You are required to submit pictures and videos of your progress in order to pass and get feedback from your instructors. My course of choice is Professional Horse Trainer, but the lessons are so varied. It teaches you everything you would need to know about the business side of horses as well, including running your own boarding facility.

Horse school, college horse courses, online horse courses ...convenient and affordable equestrian education leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies, Professional Riding Instructor or Horse Trainer Certification.

I know this may not be an ideal method in the minds of most people; learning to train horses through the computer, but some people just don't have a choice. This is something I am really passionate about, and this will give me a chance to put my foot in the door. I am just asking for some opinions or advice if you have any. :)

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post #2 of 28 Old 10-20-2010, 08:47 PM
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You know, half of learning to train horses, is your own personal experience working with horses, and figuring things out for yourself. I will always take lessons and do clinics when I have the money, but I learned a lot just working with my horse by myself. I do not think that online courses are bad especially when learning the business side of things, and a lot of the places you can get certified at actually do a lot of online things, though the "final" is basically meeting somewhere with a group who all want to be certified, and they are given a test in person to make sure that they've learned what they need to know.
I'm not currently certified, and I've started my own training business, but at some point I would like to open my own place, or rent part of a boarding place for my own business, and I will need to become certified, and get insurance before that happens. Horses are my passion, and I like you am not cut out for the whole college thing. I say go for it, good luck, and have lots of fun.
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You CANNOT learn to train horses through a computer. It can't be done because the biggest part of horse training is based on Feel, Timing and Balance. I'm not sure how you develop any of those with out spending hundreds of hours on hundreds of horses.

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post #4 of 28 Old 10-20-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much. I really appreciate the vote of confidence. Dressagebelle :)

Kevinshorses: I already know that, but you have to start somewhere, and just sitting here trying to work with my horses all on my own isn't getting me anywhere. I need information, and this is how I am going to get it. People take chances and become successful, people take chances and fail. At least I am willing to try instead of just sitting around here feeling sorry because I have no one to teach me. I am the only one in my family who knows anything about horses, and I am doing whatever it is I can to teach myself even more.

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^^ Agreed. Honestly, your best bet might be to find a good trainer and try to get an apprenticeship with them. It is always better if you have a proven expert there to help when you are having problems until you get things figured out and learn how to deal with new situations.
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post #6 of 28 Old 10-20-2010, 09:39 PM
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I have to agree with Kevin and smrobs on this one. While I think that you can learn a lot of things online, horse training isn't one of them. You need hands on experience with a trainer if you want to become a horse trainer and work with other peoples' horses. You also need to work with many horses instead of just your own. I don't think that I would want someone to train my horses if they just took a series of online courses instead of working with a professional face to face. It's all about getting different kinds of experience. I love your confidence and ambition though! I hope you can find a way to work out something with your personal and financial situation so you can find a trainer to help you with your dream.

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I just want to say that once I complete these courses, I am not going to go out and try to train other people's horses all at once. I want to learn as much as I can on my own, and get all of the book knowledge I can, and then find someone who can help me in person or at least test what I know. I do have a friend who is a trainer, but even though we're friends I still respect that he needs paid for his services.
Just know that I'm not going to do this and then suddenly think I can go out and train a bunch of horses. It will take a lot of real life work and experience, and I do understand that. These courses teach the fundamentals of training, as well as health, managing a business, and a whole bunch of other things that you need to know in order to run a proper facility. Who knows. I may end up not being able to train, but then at least I'll have the proper knowledge and certification to run my own equine business or boarding facility.

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Of course, the education that you can get from a college class can only help you in running your own business, whether it's training or something else. By all means, go ahead and take the courses because that will be a big green check mark on your resume. We were just pointing out that the only way to become a good trainer is tons of experience. The classes are a good place to start and after you complete all that, you might actually have an easier time finding a trainer to apprentice under.
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I looked at that thing too. I think you are better off working with someone face to face, watching DVDs and reading books. That certification has to be updated... you have to pay a fee to keep it, you have to have so many hours of "clinics" caught on video or recorded and send it into them and, you have to train horses to 'their' liking (I would imagine).

No one in my family knows horses either. But that I think, is just a rip-off. That is why I wouldn't pay thousands of $$$ to become a 'so-and-so' certified trainer, as you could only train 'their' way. When I can take advice from other trainers, friends, this forum, and either take it or leave it. My choice =)

Also, the best ways to learn are from a good horse. I would buy a solid, well-trained horse, for whatever it is you want to do, and let the horse teach you. Not only do you have to become a 'trainer' but a very good rider, and a leader, and a teacher.

You should always follow your dreams. And you can take the courses, but I just didn't like the set-up. And, you would need a horse or horses that could perform the tasks asked of you, which, I imagine some would be very advanced manuevers.

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post #10 of 28 Old 10-20-2010, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
You CANNOT learn to train horses through a computer. It can't be done because the biggest part of horse training is based on Feel, Timing and Balance. I'm not sure how you develop any of those with out spending hundreds of hours on hundreds of horses.
I like you for being so blunt, and while I agree with you, I would like to question your thoughts a little.

I agree that you learn horses through being with them, but if she learns these things online and then practises them with her own and other horses in her barn, and has to submit a video of her doing these things, isn't this showing that she can do it? Wouldn't she have to have feel, timing and balance to show that she can do it in a video, unless she chose a half dead horse to video.

To Phantom, I looked at the link, and while I live in America, I am not American (am English), so I am not familiar with all the certifications, but what does this very expensive course give you in certifications?
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