Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Agreed. It never ceases to amaze me how many kids run around calling themselves trainers. I've been riding my entire life, 24 years. In that time, I've personally owned five horses. However, I also grew up being able to ride a countless number of horses - from our Arab broodmares as a child, to my aunt's docile lesson horses, to working with problem horses and friends horses. I have easily swung my leg over the back of closing in on a hundred horses, maybe not quite that amount yet. I have worked with a huge variety of breeds, and a huge variety of disciplines. I have been bitten, kicked, stomped, bucked off, reared on and bolted with more times then I care to remember. To this day, I only have one fully trained animal under my belt from birth to adulthood, but I have assisted and worked with a countless number of weanlings, yearlings and two year olds.
Am I a trainer? Not on your life. I will train my OWN animals - hence the entire reason for buying Jynxy, I was looking for a cheaper, quieter horse as a project. I am confident in my abilities to put basics on youngsters, and have never had anything but an almost perfectly mannered youngster within weeks to months of working with it. I would never ever dream of advertising myself as a trainer and taking on someone elses animal though. I've had people request I work with their animal, and I am honest about my abilities. If you just want him/her to learn how to accept a saddle, alright then, I can do that for you. I've never charged for any such service, because it's just one more bit of experience I can obtain.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.