The better the trainer the bigger the barn the more help they will need and in some ways the better chance and the more you will learn. Finding a local trainer who has done very little will not help you much but who knows. Never herts to ask around. NRHA use to have a non pro apprintes program. Not sure if they still do. Look on web site like NRHA and such find a trainer close to you and call and talk to them. It might end up a summer thing here you will need to go and live there. Again never know until you ask.
I will for sure look into that! Thanks for the advice!!!
Sixteen years old is pretty young, and there are liability issues that any trainer would have to consider.
Would becoming emancipated get rid of the liability issues?
the other issue is your riding ability. In order to be beneficial to a trainer (as an intern, assistant, etc.) you must be able to not only ride the horses in training, but also help those horses' owners reach their goals. Your post doesn't indicate your writing ability, but you suggested that you are not proficient in any particular discipline.
I would say I'm an intermidiate/adv. rider. I can handle a horse that is acting up, I currently have three horses. My gelding use to be a well mannered stallion when we bought him, but after be bred my mare (an accident) he turned a little unruly. My dad had him gelded and it helped a little. I took him to my friend's house (an English trainer and riding instructor) who has been helping (and teaching me) how to work with him. I now have an almost 2yr. old filly that I've been ground training her and this summer will take her to my friends where we'll really get her ready to ride. My friend for about two years has been giving me English riding lessons. So I'd say I am more proficient in English. By the time I will be looking for an internship, I'll hopefully have started intense training with my friend. I don't believe it would be all that difficult for me to adjust in order to carry out a task the trainer asked me to do with a horse on ground or riding. I'm not trying to talk myself up, I'm just giving my opinion.
I'm a horse business consultant and riding instructor, and I used to train horses, so I'll check back here later to see if you have any more specific questions, and I'll try to help wherever I can.
The guy who owns and trains cutting horses close by DOES take young riders (the girl riding there is I believe 13 or 14). He obviously doesn't care much about liability (and girl doesn' wear helmet which is complete bs IMO, because if something happens to her (knock on wood) I'm sure the parents will sue the guy). But anyway yes, some trainers out there WILL take you in and train.
That's amazingly dumb on the trainer's part, and on the kids part. I always wear my helmet
lol Thanks though for giving me an example