Well, I was practically 'born' on a horse, so I've been around them for a long time. After having taken lessons for a few years (already knew how to ride, but had a trainer to help me begin refining things). When I turned 10, my trainer and my parents helped me find a new horse; we had decided to find a green one, as I had been through quite a few 'older been there done that horses' already. My trainer was there every step of the way, and the green Morgan cross turned out to be a pretty decent all around horse-anyone could get on and ride; did he have a few gliches, that NOW with the experience I have may not have been there? Sure, but that was 20 years ago already, and I've learned a lot more between now and then. I have trained horses for pretty much everything; pleasure, to trail riding, to dressage, although I really prefer doing initial training on a horse; and I love working with previously abused, neglected, or unhandled horses.
I never did go to college to 'become' a horse trainer, though...maybe sometime in the future I may get a certificate, but to be honest, I don't think you "need" a paper proving that you know how to work with a horse; the best trainers I've worked and learned with and from, have not always been certified...much the same as in the dog grooming world; the best groomers I've worked with and learned from had never gone to school for it, but learned by watching, and doing. With horses I've found the best 'teacher' is the horse himself; you can learn all you want about behavior from books, but that doesn't mean all of that knowledge will work on every single horse...same with different methods; I'm not the kind of person who feels "one" method is the only method to train a horse with...well, I take it back Consistancy is THE method, but how you are consistant is going to be different.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 04-06-2010 at 02:42 AM.