Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I live in Canada, and you should become certified to become an official trainer. That means passing tests and the such to get this certification. I have been studying with my own trainer to gain the experience needed to pass these tests. You could get a "mentor" of sorts, and you need a certain amount of practical hours to be able to achieve this.
So far, I have taken on one horse to date to train solo. I got this opportunity because I have made myself a name in the horsey world (so to speak) and this person contacted me to train her horse. So we'll see how it goes.
If you are a good enough rider, you can start offering to exercise others' horses for a small fee (or for free at the beginning) and slowly build yourself a name (this will take a while!!). Some trainers have never attended a school for horse-related subjects rather built up their name and then got certified. People came to them because they heard what a great trainer they were.
As far as "horse training schools" go, you can search on Google for your state/province's equine schools. I know that in Alberta we have Olds College , but their program isn't the best... so if you do find something, then I would suggest talking to trainers in the area for the college's reputation. Personally I don't like how Olds teaches their techniques, so I wouldn't hire someone from there as far as riding/training goes.. however they turn out wonderful farriers.
I'm getting off track.
Another thing you can do is phone up trainers and arrange to meet and talk with them about how they got into it... because personally I just kind of fell into it.
My attention span's that of a gnat right now, please excuse me. Please feel free to PM me to ask anything :)
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