O my dog would never get close enough to your horse to nip at her heels, he knows the boundaries, thanks guys! that could really help me! Ill work on it tonight and post when i get it up and running again. Herd was the wrong word lol. but thanks i admire the help.
You're right though, herd was definitely the wrong word! I love my dogs, couldn't live without them, but they don't cost me near as much as my horses and should one get excited and chase a foal into the fence and wreck it's leg because it was "herding" I'd be hard pressed to keep it around. Not that it would happen. I always prepare for the worst, though!
As someone else said, I think it'd be best to keep the horses in one section, your dogs in another.
I do dog training as well, actually opening a business this year, doing volunteer work training dogs for the summer to get a good clientele base and references, and then go from there.
As per rates... Well, I can't say much for charges down in Texas, but they're pretty rad for up here.
I've trained with some top notch reining trainers, got my Horsemanship Major from NAIT (College) and am working on my coaching levels and only charge $40 per lesson.
Weighing up the two people (using me and you as an example), there's no way I could see someone choosing you. And, unfortantely, most of it is just because of your age. I will give it to you, horse business is really hard to get into because of the financial cost in maintaining and the education it requires to get titles to your name.
One thing I will suggest you look into is looking around for a good reputable trainer down there and seeing if they will take you under their wing, so to speak. Have a big name reference, learning their skills and techniques is really priceless. I learned a TON working with Brouwer Performance Horses (Arabian Reiners and WP trainers) and are an excellent reference source, and it looks **** fine on a resume.
Travelling as well, I'd be careful as how you advertise that. Are your parents going to be able to drive you all over to different houses to work with dogs/horses for an hour? Fuel isn't cheap these days, and it'd only be responsible to cover their fuel prices, and then you have to figure it out if it's even worth it to travel because there's no sense in driving around to work with animals if it's only putting you, or your family, in debt.
It's a big step, opening a horse business and you really need to make sure you have all your bases covered. I guess I'd say start small, find a trainer to work with, and make sure you get an education!