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post #1 of 2 Old 08-15-2009, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Training Outside Horses

I've done a little training with my personal horses over the years. Not how to jump, or saddle, but behavioural stuff that no one else seems to be able to fix. People are relatively amazed by the results, and a few have asked me to work with their horses or have bought mine. I've never had time for outside horses while I was living in Georgia, but I am about to move to Louisville, KY for college (6 hours away from the farm!) and will have more time on my hands. I'm an Equine Business major, and four or five people have asked me to take a look at their QH's, Saddlebreds and Tb's.

So, from people who have been training other's horses for years, how did you get into it? If it's informal, do you have any sort of agreement? Any advice?

I work almost exclusively with the abused, neglected, and emotionally unsound horses, and I've had great luck bringing them back to a more balanced mental state. I've also worked with three or four OTTB's who were retrained as jumpers/hunters but retained track-related issues. But outside of them, it's mostly solving bucking, kicking, striking problems in mid-age to older horses. Just quite basic stuff, really. I'm not looking to make this into a living, I'm not even sure if I'm looking to be paid, but I'd like to take what is one of my better skills and keep it alive while in school.

Thanks so much, I'd appreciate any advice, books to point me to, or experience you can share.

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post #2 of 2 Old 08-15-2009, 04:59 PM
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I hope you charge what other trainers in the area are charging. First, they may be trying to make a living and you don't want to undercut them. Second, if you do it for free people that are unwilling to spend money or time on their horses will come to you like flies on you-know-what. Also you are taking considerable personal risk working with someones "problemed " horses.
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