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post #11 of 15 Old 09-04-2015, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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It takes somebody that has figured out that there are 100 people (or more) that can start colts (not all are great at it) or get along with green horses for every 1 person that can teach advanced training and 'finish' a horse.

Some people just want to start colts forever and others start there (like I did starting 50 or more head a year) and get the bug and want the challenge of teaching really refined and advanced techniques. Our problem is that the people we have run into that want to finish horses want to go to work for a show trainer that is hauling cutting, reining or pleasure horses. Since we do not have a show barn and I can no longer show, there there is no appeal for those wanting to get into showing.

On the other hand, the show trainers that teach an apprentice everything over a 4 or 5 year period, usually have them leave to go out on their own and they take (or try to take) half of the show trainer's clients by under-cutting the price, when they go. I have seen that happen dozens of times. Someone starts out starting colts for a BNT, they work up to showing the 'second string' or riding the show horses at home that were not ready to take to the big shows. They get acquainted with the customers, learn the people skills as well as the training skills, and leave with half of the barn.

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post #12 of 15 Old 09-06-2015, 08:06 PM
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It takes somebody that has figured out that there are 100 people (or more) that can start colts (not all are great at it) or get along with green horses for every 1 person that can teach advanced training and 'finish' a horse.

Some people just want to start colts forever and others start there (like I did starting 50 or more head a year) and get the bug and want the challenge of teaching really refined and advanced techniques. Our problem is that the people we have run into that want to finish horses want to go to work for a show trainer that is hauling cutting, reining or pleasure horses. Since we do not have a show barn and I can no longer show, there there is no appeal for those wanting to get into showing.

On the other hand, the show trainers that teach an apprentice everything over a 4 or 5 year period, usually have them leave to go out on their own and they take (or try to take) half of the show trainer's clients by under-cutting the price, when they go. I have seen that happen dozens of times. Someone starts out starting colts for a BNT, they work up to showing the 'second string' or riding the show horses at home that were not ready to take to the big shows. They get acquainted with the customers, learn the people skills as well as the training skills, and leave with half of the barn.
I have my own business and experience the same difficulties trying to hire that diamond in the rough. I always said I should have had kids so I would have employees. I think that is the best place to get employees. Your off spring or grandchildren
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-06-2015, 09:40 PM
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I wish.. what an amazing opportunity, and one I would have been all over if it had come along even 5 years ago.

I think whoever takes this position, if they come from HF, should be required to journal about it so we can all live vicariously through him/her!!


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post #14 of 15 Old 12-19-2015, 02:28 PM
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Have you found someone to fill this position yet. I am interested.
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post #15 of 15 Old 01-20-2016, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Have you found someone to fill this position yet. I am interested.
Sorry. I did not see this reply. But, yes! We are actually looking again.

We do not have indoor riding facilities, but we will be looking for someone that can start riding in March. We can usually start riding seriously about the first of March.

We have comfortable living facilities for a single person, a place for 1 gelding if they want to bring one and pay according to previous experience and riding ability.

The job is 90% riding and handling horses. No stalls or stable work.

Anyone interested just needs to PM me and then we can visit by phone.
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