I'm sorry, I must have misread, but I thought you said you wanted to start doing it for fun.
I still stand by what I said; Go to clinics, get lessons, talk to trainers, talk to riders, read books, watch dvd's, anything you can get your hands on. Ride as many different horses as you can, try out as many different disciplines as you can. You need a multitiude of experience of everything you can think of to become a trainer.
Try to find a trainer/instructor you can work with, but I do know this is a lot harder to do in AUS than in the US, as I am currently trying to find a trainer to work with and it is not easy!
I think the biggest step to becoming trainer may be realising and acknowledging how much you don't know; And how much there is always still to learn. You will learn things from every single horse and every single rider.
Thats how I started. I worked with Angel, who bucked every time you told her to canter and wouldnt trot without throwing her head in the air. Now she's a western pleasure show horse & lesson horse. It takes a lot of patience and firm dominance. You can't take ANY crap. If the horse does ANYTHING you don't tell him to, make him think it was the worst thing he could do. Now I don't mean if the horse picks up the wrong lead you shoot him, I mean, for example, if he walks into your personal space and gets pushy, shoo him away dramatically; stomp towards him and shake the lead rope, swing it, do whatever to make him back off. Then do exercises where you disengage his front and back ends. Basically always have them listening to you. Even if you're just holding him. Don't let him graze. If he tries to graze, shake the lead rope until his head goes back up; then, rub his forehead and make him drop his head. Wich brings me to my last thing: dropping the head. If you can get a horse to drop their head and submit, they'll usually cooperate. Even the goofiest of horses can mellow out if you get their head low.
I do think OP stated she wanted to start doing it for "fun". Good for you! I wish you were in USA I have a "psycho" LOL type that you would love the challenge of.......just kidding......I have seen other posts where you talk of the fun of psycho horse types.... I sort of have one :))))
Problem is training horses though very fun is not a game its very real. I like your attitude and think you can do very well under someone's direction, any chance of finding a trainer you can volunteer for ????
I hope so otherwise hop a plan for Florida and I will put you to work....
Thanks guys, Oh yeah phsyco horses are my fave. Only because it means I have something to work on and I stay focused.
LoveTheSaddleBreds- I won't even take the slightest mis-behavior from Chinga that could become harm full to me. If he nips *not hard* he gets a light tap on the nose and that's all he needs. Chinga is usually very good though.
I'm with you guys, I always like a horse that challenges me; However I am now finishing out my gelding as a show horse and campdrafter, which is also a really good experience and something else to tuck under my belt!
So Chinga, don't disregard riding ploddy or well broke horses either, even these will have something to teach you.
Oh so true, I need to get back to some sane horses and just ride bareback and work on my basics, my horse is such a challenge I don't get to do that very often.....they all can be a challenge in different ways LOL sometimes just getting the older safe ones to move is a challenge:)