(If this thread is in the wrong category, please let me know. I'm still the day-old around here and even more-so feeling my way about the forum.)
So I'm interested in becoming a trainer. I've watched excessive amounts of seminars, videos, read articles and instruction guides. However, what I lack is experience. I was told to go to a trainer in my local area and sort of "shadow" them, learning as I work. What I don't want to do is go get some yearling or weanling and work the "trial and error," only to find myself in over my head and with this horse that will probably go to the unknown from auctions.
My trick: I don't know how to find a local trainer! I work at a livery stable but the owner is still a little shaky about my assisting in the training of her yearlings, despite the fact that I have showed talent in riding and working with the "problem horses" from the herd.
I have noticed one small "ranch" with several horses, foals, and even cattle, goats, and chickens. Otherwise there is nothing of the sort in my area. I'm not sure how I should approach the owner/foreman, or if I even should. I have checked multiple job listings, talked to friends with horses, to no avail. I do have family who boards horses, but they don't need any extra hands at this moment.
So I'd like to get some opinions. Should I follow the aforementioned advice and work under a weathered trainer or get a horse of my own and "experiment"? I'd prefer the former, but if someone has been in a similar situation I'd love to hear from you!
The reason I ask is that a friend of mine, Paige, and I aspire to start our own Equine Rescue. We've seen many decrepit horses go uncared for by the authorities (one even being a Curly horse, who has foundered so bad he stands all day in a river, thinks he's a cow, and is matted to the point a co-worker of mine thought he was a Bison!). We wish to make a change in this pattern and help those horses in need; however, I need to first get some training experience, which I know I'm going to need to rehabilitate any animals that pass through our facility.