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    02-29-2008, 03:35 PM

I am considering putting myself out to do training. I have been doing Parelli for a long time and I'm now Level 3 Graduate but decided not to go any farther in Parelli than that. I was wondering if you guys think I should offer my training? I've trained four horses parelli, including my own, and right now I'm training my moms horse Parelli as well as breaking him with Monty Roberts since parelli doesn't have a saddle breaking CD.

I was thinking when the summer comes if I should start putting out that I will be doing training, either $20 per session (1hr - 2hrs of training) or offering a "30-Days" where it would cost $300 which is average to low around here... (175 of it goes to the boarding costs and the rest is in my pocket... so I don't make too much out of it but enough.)

I'm only sixteen and it may turn people people away because "I'm just a kid who doesn't know what their doing," except I do. I've broken horses before and I've finished out more than I can count as well. I've even halter broke a few foals! I've been riding horses since I was nine and leasing since I was 11 and now I own two horses. I'll have more than enough time since the only thing I do is work afternoons, giving me all morning to do horses since I do my schoolwork (home schooled) after giving me from 7am until 3pm with nothing to do.

I'll be doing something I LOVE to do. I'll be helping people and making some money out of it too!
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    02-29-2008, 03:48 PM
I think you should offer it. If people are interested, you could show them your finished horse and talk to them about your mom's horse and what he was like before and how he is now.

Then again, if your price is on the low to average side, people that don't have a lot of money could still get their horse professionally trained.

I also think if you have some sort of certificate from Parelli, saying that you have graduated from Level 3, that will help you out too.
    02-29-2008, 03:58 PM
I need get my Level 3 from Parelli. I've been lazy and haven't gotten around to it although I've already taped it. I'm hoping to have my moms horse completely finished by summer, so that way I can show them the video of when we got him, and the rehabilitation we did, and then what I did with him to get him halter broke first of all and then saddle broke, which I'm working with now and he's doing quite well which is a surprise since the halter breaking didn't go so well, probably because his past owners messed him up by abusing him. :(

I feel bad because there are a few "trainers" here who aren't really trainers and they charge about $550 for a month and don't hardly do anything with the horses but mess them up worse and send them back but people keeping going to them and getting screwed up. I don't want to do anything serious training because I know I'm not ready to take on something more than 30 days.
    02-29-2008, 03:58 PM
If you plan to show, I don't think you should offer it because it would put you under the classification of a professional and unless your ready for professional, don't do it.
    02-29-2008, 04:00 PM
I don't plan on showing at all actually, I ride my horse for pleasure only. I showed for a good two or three seasons when I was younger but never found it fun.
    02-29-2008, 04:03 PM
I think its good that you got an abused horse and are working with him. If you tell them about him and what happened to be before hand, and then they see him when he's finished, I know i'll be amazed.

You could always start out small and go big, rather than the other way around. I would say to do a week, but that's not enough time. So I think doing training for 30 days would be good. That's also a good time frame to see improvement, and the owners could either continue for another 30 days or opt out of it.
    02-29-2008, 04:10 PM
Also another reason I think you shouldn't offer your training, is because you said you were afraid of riding without someone there.
    02-29-2008, 04:42 PM
I was for a while for protection reasons because it is winter but I started carrying a cellphone and now and it has offered a great peace of mind. My training wouldn't be until summer as it is but I do understand as that would pose a HUGE problem should I find that an issue again.
    02-29-2008, 06:19 PM
Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
Also another reason I think you shouldn't offer your training, is because you said you were afraid of riding without someone there.
I do remember reading that as well. I personally would not take classes from a 16 year old even if you are amazing, just odd to me.Being as young as you are, you will lose credibility and I think find it difficult to find horse owners willing to learn and pay for a course that is taught by a teenager.

Give it 2 more years (you will be 18 by then) and by that time you will have broken more horses and can use the experience to then offer that training.
    02-29-2008, 06:21 PM
I don't think you shouldnt do it just because of that little issue you had. If ya let fear get ya it will take you over

I do agree with what my2geldings said though :) its only a couple of years and in that time you can build yourself a training portfolio of videos

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