I'm 36, and married with 2 and 8 year old red headed boys who are both horse crazy. The 8 year old indeed has more saddle time than most adults. I've been training horses for almost 20 years and have a BS in Animal Science. I was going to be a veterinarian, but had been training horses to put myself through college and felt like that was the path I was supposed to continue on.
I've primarily worked with Cutting Horses, specializing in riding 2 year old futurity prospects, but I also ride a good many barrel horse prospects, ranch horses, reined cowhorses, and more and more English horses these days. I am one of only two trainers from Louisiana to start an NCHA World Championship Futurity Finalist, and my colts have gone on to win hundreds of thousands of dollars, mostly in the NCHA.
A few years ago, one of my nieces, who had been taking English riding lessons for 2 years from a local and "reputable" Hunter/Jumper stable had a very bad accident on her pony that almost killed her.
I picked up the horse and was absolutely shocked that anyone would have let a child on something so unbroke. I also couldn't believe some of the very technical things that they'd been working on with her, while missing out on some very BASIC "how not to get killed around horses" type stuff. This event lead me to begin teaching Real World, no BS, what you REALLY NEED TO KNOW horsemanship. I very narrowly missed out on being one of the WildCard contestants that are showing at this year's Road to the Horse.
Admittedly, I am here in an effort to meet more people outside of my local area and promote my business, although I will not do so in an overt or pushy way. I'll offer my perspective and advice for free on here, and if y'all like or appreciate it, you can check out my website, blog, Facebook page, or youtube channel for more info about me. Possibly someday we can ride together.
Thanks for having me and looking forward to helping some people out when and where I can and forming quality relationships with many of you.