09-29-2011, 10:51 AM
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OP- you've been given some fantastic advice. I would also like to advise in buying a well-trained horse as your first, also. Do you have any riding experience? That will change what kind of horse you'll look for. A push-button horse or one that keeps you on your toes.
I made the mistake of training my filly (who was only a miniature!) from the beginning myself, and I made MANY mistakes that have taken months to correct. Some of them have even carried out until now, and I've had her for two and a half years. I'll think we're doing great, then all of a sudden some incorrect method I used will pop it's ugly little head up, and erase months of work.
I've been working with horses for almost four and a half years, (I am fifteen, just as you are) and I do train horses, but I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS work with a more experienced trainer above me, whether Im cart training a mini or saddle breaking a thoroughbred. This way, they can correct me if I'm teaching my horse incorrectly, and help me improve my skills as I work with each horse. I can always go to them to ask questions, and I sorely wish that I'd had someone like my head trainer when I first started working with saddle.
I have learned in the past year that it's two completely different things to be a good rider and to be a good trainer. For training, you have to be a very quick thinker- always thinking ahead. You have to be extremely patient, and capable of teaching in the least confusing way possible. It's like with math. You can be good at algebra or geometry, but it takes a special person to be an algebra teacher. I've met people who are BEAUTIFUL riders, but when training- they just don't have what it takes, at it usually ends up messing the horse up.
Get a good instructor, have them help you find a suitable horse- and learn learn learn! You will only get better with experience. And who knows? Maybe in four or five years time, you WILL be ready to train your own horse!