How to get into the world of horses?
Hello, my name is Abby, I am completely new to the forums and pretty new to horses. I, like probably many other people, was that little girl who always wanted a horse, but didn't have a family who could afford horses or really lessons. I'd do anything to get near a horse, taking the same trail ride again and again until I got old enough that I thought I could work. I decided to send type a letter and place it in the mailbox of a house that had a stable behind it explaining I had no experience, but was willing to work for free for knowledge in return (I was 12 at that time.) Well I have been a stable hand there pretty much until 2 months ago when I moved to finish up my last two years of college. I learned a lot of respect for horses, because the stable had 3 mustangs all very green and two were off limits when it came to riding. There was one Morgan horse who was older and so sweet and amazing and when I was younger I rode her a couple times a week, but nothing formal. And she got leased out when I was 16 and pretty much haven't ridden again until now (I'm 20).
Okay I know this is kind of a long story, but I want people to understand where I'm coming from so that can better direct me what I need to do.
Anyways, now I am down at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and I joined the intercollegiate horse team here. It's the first time I've ever been on an English saddle, and I'm absolutely hooked! But here's the thing, I want to learn how to train and care for horses through all levels from untouched to advanced. (I understand this will take years and years of commitment and there will always be more to learn) but I don't know where to start?
I've thought about going to schools like Meredith Manor after I graduate, but that would be $50k. I feel like I could approach a trainer and offer then $50k and have them find me a horse to buy, give me lessons, and teach me to train my own horse and all levels of horses for less than that. But truly where do you start? Are there trainers who train you to train? It seems like I'm on the outside of the horse world with me face smoothed against the glass looking desperately in, but have no key to the door.