Originally Posted by Horse Poor
Sorry, but this is a BIG red flag for me…personally, I wouldn't accept you because you are not qualified. There's nothing you can do for me. You are wanting to apprentice under a trainer, yet you have only begun to ride and your experience with horses in general is extremely limited. Believe me when I tell you that you MUST know horses, know how to ride CORRECTLY and the temperament/disposition or "previous life" of the horse does not matter. As an apprentice, you will do most of the riding on horses in for training. The trainer will initially work with the horse, tell/show you what he wants done and the hours will be spent with YOU reinforcing what the trainer wants, the way he wants it done.
Sorry to have missed your post; I didn't get any sort of notification? By "recently," I mean I have been riding only about a year now (I started last Spring), but I have ridden more than 200 hours and nearly 24 horses of all levels and experience. It's not like I'm romping about after riding once or twice with ambitions too high to catch. While this isn't as much experience as other horse owners may have, it's actually quite the milestone for someone who's never ridden in her life up until just about a year ago; especially being in the area I'm in, any sort of experience is hard to come by.
More or less, I'm interested in taking the process slowly and learning as I go. Even if I work as a groom for a trainer I'm a-okay with that. I want to know the ins and outs, watch and learn, before I expect to be in a trainer's boots. I know that this won't come tomorrow, but it's something I'm willing to work years to attain.