How do you become a Pro trainer
What makes someone a pro trainer? Other then going to a college and getting into their riding programs, what are some other steps/pathes that trainers have taken?
according to ASHA, the definition of "pro" is someone who gets paid to do their job (instructing, training, etc.)
Actually, by definition, you can call yourself a professional if it is what you do for a living. That is the difference in the show world as well, between someone who shows as a professional or someone who does A/O stuff.
But I think what you are asking is what kind of programs/ experience should you have to become a trainer?
I strongly suggest to anyone who is interested in being a professional -- become a working student! You will learn all aspects of riding/barn management/horse care, etc. and will get extra riding time/training that you otherwise wouldn't get. You also get to witness the head trainer you work for doing their job and discuss how and why they took a certain approach with a particular horse. You get experience with all types of horses as well, and generally have a broader range of knowledge than you would if you were to just take lessons and pay for training.
Well I plan to go to college to do this. You know...get accepted and work and learn. After i get a degree Im going to apprentice with someone or at a very good barn. I've begun training my own horse...and made great progress. I think experience is really important...
What we should define is what makes a GOOD pro trainer, for ANYONE can hang a shingle out and there are fools born every minute.
Having a website means nothing.
Helping little kiddies means nothing ( other than someone may have fun)
Making it to the odd recognized/sanctioned show means nothing( even with a win)
Doing the Canadain/USA coaching programs means nothing
All the above is nice but it does not tell me that this person can teach a student or train a horse to the point it can be safely ridden.
So ask yourself......How do you become a GOOD pro trainer where people will WANT to come to you for REAL results.
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