Originally Posted by Jacksmama
One of the best things I ever did was "apprentice" with a trainer. In five years I have learned an unbelievable amount. I was a complete novice, and while I am no professional and have a lot to learn still, I've done all the groundwork on the youngsters, started several undersaddle myself, show, and assist in breeding. See if you can't find someone that will teach you. There is nothing like hands on training on training,lol
I did the same thing. I apprenticed for 5-6 years. I did the ground work, I started a few horses (young and old) by myself and have worked with a number of problem horses.
I am far from an expert, and far from a professional.
I still have a riding instructor and take lessons even though I have been riding since I was a little girl.
I enjoy working 'under' other people. I feel that I learn so much more (the good, the bad, and of course some ugly in there too). You will never agree with everything someone says or does but you have to learn to keep what you can use and like and leave what you can't and don't.
To get the most from watching a trainer;
Ask questions when the trainer is not working, that's good.
When the trainer is working; sit down, shut up, watch, and learn.
Remember; You only get experience by doing... perhaps you can find someone to train under that can help you bring a horse along.
I worked at a lesson barn that would often go to an auction and pick up a project horse. WE would generally feed it, work with it, then find it a good home (or if it was really good we would keep it for lessons). It was great becuase I often rode those horses 2-3 times a day with lessons. The more horses you work with the better.