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    12-23-2012, 12:45 AM
Do i have enough experience?

I'm really want to start working and training young and newly broke horses. My instructor travels around and helps break in, re train, improve and work horses of all types. I'm sure she wouldn't mind me coming along, in fact she would love a personal stable hand. But do I have enough experience?

I have been riding for around 5 -6 years riding experience, have leased a horse for a few years, have regular lessons, and help people exercise their horses. I also watch, read and listen to anything horsey in my spare time and have picked up a few helpful hints about what to do when starting a horse.

But im super scared that i'll ride the horse and wreck it, that i'll stuff the horse up. That i'll not teach it how to collect it's canter right or jump properly. I'm pretty sure that this is just a thing in my mind because people often comment about my riding, and let me ride their green OTTBs.

What would you suggest? Should I wait until I have a few more years’ experience, then try breaking in, training and riding young/newly broke horses?
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    12-23-2012, 12:49 AM
I would say if you don't think you can, you can't. If you think you can, talk to your trainer and you have a chance.
    12-23-2012, 12:52 AM
I've seen people who've been riding for 20+ years and still bounce around like a sack of potatoes. And people who have been riding for all of 12 months and have wonderful seats, feel and balance.
Listing a few years tells us nothing.

Ask your instructor, that's the only person who will be able to give you a totally honest opinion.
    12-23-2012, 12:54 AM
I would suggest working with your trainer and helping before taking on a completely unbroke horse. That way, you can watch, mimick and learn. If it were me, I would do this for a few years or so until I felt confident enough, and had the approval of my trainer.
    12-23-2012, 01:00 AM
Are you thinking actually breaking out youngsters and unhandleds or just putting miles on young broke horses?
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    12-23-2012, 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by Phly    
Are you thinking actually breaking out youngsters and unhandleds or just putting miles on young broke horses?
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I'd like to do a little bit of both. Like helping greens gain experience and confidence and helping people start their horses
    12-23-2012, 01:24 AM
Its dangerous if you lack experience. 6 yrs of occasional riding and less exposure to rank horses, I'd suggest against it. Going with and learning? Heck yeah! Watch, help hold, ect... I think you'd be safer and enjoy just putting miles on youngsters then slowly working your way to breaking. You could work the nasties and unruly on ground work if that's what you really enjoy. And a lot of folks "don't have time" to worry about ground work. Then end up with saddled issues. So you could fill that void in the horses training. I guess I justd hate to see a nasty dink take you off on a tree or gate and you be seriously hurt. Or worse. But I do think you should peruse learning and furthering your riding AND handling. Good luck
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    12-23-2012, 02:29 AM
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As you age you look back and think "If I had known that I would have got better results with that horse!"

Anyone who has ridden for any number of years will admit to mistakes. Did it ruin a horse? Doubtful. Was it a good learning experience - you bet it was.

Go with your trainer watch and learn. Be confident in your ability and you will be fine.
    12-23-2012, 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by Cane Toad    
I'm sure she wouldn't mind me coming along, in fact she would love a personal stable hand. But do I have enough experience?
That ^ is a great way to learn how to break in, and train, horses. I worked with my instructor for a few years before I tried it on my own. You will learn a ton about how to safely break-in and train a horse, how to avoid dangerous situations, how to get an obstinate youngster to willingly comply without a fight, and all the tricks you can use to train all the different personalities of horses out there. When you have a grab bag full of tools and exercises at your disposal, training a youngster the right way becomes easy(er).

I strongly suggest you work with your trainer for at least a year before you decide to branch off on your own. It will make you a much better trainer, and rider. You may be able to get the job done at this point, but it's like anything that requires skill and knowledge... the more you know then the safer you are, the easier it becomes, and the better the results. You have the opportunity to learn from a seasoned professional... I would jump on that asap.

ETA: From what you said in your original post, it sounds as if you have enough experience to not be a hindrance to the trainer as a stable hand. An honest discussion with the trainer about where she see's your skill level and abilities would be good.

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