Originally Posted by Ian McDonald
Starting colts actually sounds kind of fun. Any advice on getting that kind of gig?
I am not sure I can give you sound advice on that one. I started out in high school starting Mustangs off the desert and I did a little day work working for the neighbors when they needed help working pairs. Later I did traded saddle horses at the sale barn, granted this was back when the market was good. I ended up partnering on horses with a family who owned a sale barn, who introduced me to a guy who was a NFR team roper and APHA western pleasure trainer(the same trainer I jockeyed race mules with, weird, I know) Later it lead me to a reining horse trainer,then a cutting horse trainer, then a cowhorse trainer...I just kept moving up with the caliber of trainers, and in between all of this cowboying. I may have not worked for these trainers for very long but it was enough to gain a little bit of knowledge. And when I worked for someone I worked hard.
You might have to start out doing something off the wall(like jockeying race mules, I still have my jockey license.lol) but you will always meet someone that knows someone. And if you always work hard and are willing to learn- people will recommend you for a job. You might have to starve a little too. There was a time when I could barely afford the dollar menu and a crappy motel room a couple times a week to shower. It just depends how bad you are willing to work for it.
I am sure there are easier ways, because I always do things the hard way! Lol!