We're looking for a full time apprentice / assistant trainer
We are looking for a training assistant / full-time apprentice As many of you know, I have severe physical limitations and can ride very little and not at all beyond a walk on a gentle horse. I have severe arthritis and advanced degenerative joint and degenerative spine disease. [Just call me old and helpless! I don't do helpless well!]
Since I cannot actively train any more, I am attempting to train vicariously through a young aspiring 'trainer-wannabe'. We have not had anyone help us for several months and are ready to ride a lot of horses now that the weather is starting to cool. Even though we do not have an indoor arena, we will train and ride year 'round (arenas are near here) and do almost all riding out in big pastures and in the hills around here.
This is a paid position (but you won't get rich) with private living quarters and complete independence from us, other than riding. It involves few chores and no stalls or barn work. We only need help with feeding or chores when husband is not doing well. [He does most of them but is 74 and has had a stroke, a heart attack and quadruple by-pass open-heart surgery. He is doing much better now, though.]
This person needs to be mature, a very good rider and needs to be looking toward a future of full-time training.
This person needs to be able to get on colts and very green horses. This does not take a lot of experience riding colts, but it does take someone that is not timid or afraid of them. We give our horses a comprehensive start, use good ground work and get them really broke. We get them soft in the face, light to legs, very gentle and turn out horses any person can ride and get along with. We turn out finished ranch horses, penning, mounted shooting, trail horses and great all-around horses (like those of a generation ago).
We start, but no longer try to finish, reining, reined cow horses or cutting horses, but, we have started a lot of them that have gone on to become World Champions and World Champion caliber competitive horses. We would start showing again with the right person interested in learning to 'finish' a horse and get one shown. [We wish AQHA had the 'Ranch Horse' division years ago when we could still show competitively.]
We take out trail riders. An apprentice does not have the drudgery of it, but can use some of the trail rides to school green horses on. This is an intense, full-time riding job. It requires ambition and drive. A person can get on 6 to 8 different horses a day. This is mostly going to be teaching a green or un-started horse to be a really broke, go anywhere do anything kind of horse, but we still inherit a spoiled horse once in a while, so those techniques can also be learned.
We currently have 5 or 6 well started to well trained horses that are ready (actually way past ready) to work on cattle -- just no one able to do it for a good while. We keep cattle and/or bison to train them on. We have 10 horses that need to be started or are now barely started under saddle. Then, they all need more 'finish'.
All of these horses are very well-bred and very athletic. Our stallion has reining points and sires very athletic horses. He is Colonel Freckles, Doc Bar and Zan Parr Bar breeding. We have used stallion the last two years that are sons of Real Gun (AQHA Super Horse) and Dunit With A Twist. Our mares are Foundationbred, but are daughters and granddaughters of horses like Playgun, Smart Little Lena, Doc's Hickory, Peppy San Badger, etc. Some are Driftwood breeding. We have always selectively bred them bigger than the average tiny cutters and reiners but they have that kind of athletic ability.
If you think you might be interested in taking on this job, PM me or answer me in this thread. I welcome an open discussion so anyone interested in this knows what they are getting into. We are looking for someone that can start right away.
Thank you for your time. Cheri