Please Help me Out.
I am a 18 year old who has been riding for over 5 years. I own a horse and have been training with him for a few years. I am trying to figure out if I would be qualified enought o train other horses and to teach other people to ride.
Go on an internship with a certified trainer if you want to do it professionally, if you just want to do it for your own, then I would get more experience under my belt. 5 Yeats isn't much. Ive been riding for 13, and I still learn new things all the time. Your still young, not to sound mean, but I don't know many people who will let an 18 yr old train their horse, there's just not enough experience there.
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Maybe you should post some videos of you working with some horses on craigslist or something to get some people interested:)
How many horses have you rode? Are you able to competently handle many different types of horses?
What is your horse like? (Well behaved, well trained..?) What can he do spectacularly that you taught him?
Can you handle 'difficult' horses?
Is every horse you handle better at the end of the ride/encounter than it was before?
Have you handled/rode horses of many different backgrounds/disciplines?
Have you rode many green horses, or started horses under saddle?
Those are just a few questions I would ask myself if I wanted to begin training for the public. I think, like OutOfTheLoop said, it would be best if you found a trainer you could shadow for a while, or apprentice under to learn from and to put your name out there.
As for being only 18 and having rode 5 years...yes you are still very young and in the larger picture you probably don't know much, but someone who has rode 5 different horses every day for 5 years is probably going to be a better rider than someone who has rode the same one or two horses for the last 20 years. It depends on how dedicated you are, and how willing to learn.
Agreed with the above. Throw yourself to the wolves. Find a barn, intern or apprentice, see if you can keep up.
While there ARE people who may approach you to train/work with their horse you should still be open to finding a network of horse people (mostly experienced in your discipline/similar areas) to further your education. Many of the adults I work with constantly site the fact that they're still learning new things after 20-30+ years in the business. I'll be clear that it's not as much of an age thing, as it is more of an experience thing. Age is a factor if you don't/can't present yourself professionally etc in my eyes.
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ETA: Paradise has very good points too.
I think there are a few things you have to consider as a trainer. What will your target market be? Will you be starting unbroken horses, putting 30 days on them and giving them back or will you be training horses to do certain things?
What will you be training them for? Have you got a proven competition record with your horse that will demonstrate your success?
How many horses have you broken in? How many have you trained? One horse isn't much because all horses are quite different - what works with one may not work with others. Do you know how to deal with behavioural problems?
I broke a 3 year old mare I once had, I got her as an untouched yearling and did everything with her, she had been so easy and quiet. A few years later, after I had sold her, I got another unbroken mare but I was completely out of my depth because of how different she was. You need a lot of experience to be able to train many horses.
An apprenticeship, internship or something would be great because, if you get the right one, you could be riding many horses a day and learning how to deal with a range of problems. While you are conducting your own business, you can't really learn as you go along, because the clients are expecting a certain service in a certain period of time.
There is also a danger of not training a horse properly. Let's say a little girl sends her rearing horse to you because he is too dangerous for her, and you work with him and say he's fine, and you send him back and he hurts her?
As far as teaching people how to ride, there are courses for that, so you can go through the qualifications properly.
Remember that if you're training horses and students you should get insurance.
I have ridden green undersaddle horses. My horse is trained but has a problem with rearing. I have handled difficult horses, i ride one on regular basis. Yes they are better than in the end then the begining.
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