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post #1 of 3 Old 04-21-2012, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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Wink How to ask to apprentice a trainer?

The trainer I sent my horse to for barrel training. I really enjoyed it and I loved her barn and I loved her methods. I have this dream of opening up a rehabilitation barn for abused kids and neglected horses, so they kids can bond with something and work through there issues. I am turning 18 in 2 months and figure now is the time since I am getting a job to pay for what I want, but I also need some one to teach me what they know.

I broke in my 2 horses, my methods my everything. I just did what works and got it done. One of them coming up on three years I have had her is the most sweet not hot headed doesn't have "go" in her Arabian mare that is safe for anyone to ride. Doesn't spook is basically been there done that horse. She'll do anything you ask and them some. My other horse is a bit more feisty and testing of people, if you don't know how to ride don't get on her.

Watching the trainer work with my horse shows me how much more I need to learn and how much more I WANT to learn. I just need to know the proper most respectful way to ask if I can be her apprentice.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-21-2012, 03:08 AM
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Start slowly and gain her trust. Ask if you can clean stalls and help with what is needed around the barn, and tell lher that you are available to help on competition days to get horses saddled, etc.

Be prepared to do a lot of ground work and give alot of time. During that period, pay attention to how she moves around the horses, how she rides, disciplines, etc.

Trainers are very busy, so don't have alot of time to explain - like cleaning with a toddler, it's often easiest to send them away so you can get the job done. But, if you are watching and learning and there when she needs you, she may be very happy to have you there...

Good luck with your goals :)
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-21-2012, 10:20 PM
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Baylen, go back to school and get in to social work, the programs that will qualify you to work with the kids. Otherwise, you have to either hire a counsellor or hope one will volunteer to work with them. Let someone else do barn chores while you do the important work.
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