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post #1 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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What do I want to do with my life?

I can't decide what I want to do with my life... I would really love to be a horse trainer and riding instructor but I feel like that is kind of unrealistic because I haven't ever jumped or barrel raced I only ride English pleasure and I have noticed that most of the time trainers start out with a good bit of money which I don't have.

The only other thing I can thing of that I would really want to do is be a vet but then I wouldn't have time of my horses plus you have to go to college for 8 years which will cost a lot of money. I know I am only thirteen but if I decide to be a vet I will need to go to a early college or something so it will look good on my college application because it is really hard to get into vet school at the college I would go to.

I have had people tell me that I am a good rider especially for my age and I have a green horse that I am training and the man who is helping me says that he really thinks I could go far in the horse business. I know that both jobs would be very difficult but I can't decide what I should try to do. Thanks!

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Well, looks like we both share in interest!! Random question you don't have to answer - but how old are ya? I just saw what you said "I have had people tell me that I am a good rider especially for my age" and I got curious.

I too wish to be a trainer - but I'm not as interested in a riding instructor, but I might change my mind when I think about it.
I am 15 right now - crazy me is already looking at colleges that you can bring your horse to. Haha! Being a horse trainer - breaking horses as well - has always been a dream of mine and I have always loved horses. My other choice is to do photography - but I am way more interested in horses.

You could find jobs that you are an assistant in, or practice with some of your friends to get a small idea of what it would be like.
This is Golley's last year for showing and such - which is who my friend is using. Since I want to be a trainer I will have to work with people and such as well. SO I made a decision to let my friend use my mane horse for fair and riding for 4-H, and I will help her learn and get better with horses. She knows barely anything about horses - so I found that this would be my chance to get an idea of what I will be doing and if I am interested - get a head start on my career.

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post #3 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thirteen. Most of the time when I tell people that they just tell me that I don't need to figure out want I want to do yet but I don't want to be one of those people who don't decide what they want to do until they have been at college to 3 years. I'm thinking about maybe giving a friend lessons or something to see if its something I will enjoy .

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I know of a few trainers who didn't have any money at all to begin with. They started out working under other trainers and eventually built up a reputation to take on their own clients. Vet school will take a lot of time and money (and good academics) but you don't always need to get into an early college or get ahead of yourself. I figured out that the first step is to get into a prevet program and as long as you study and do well in school is good. Scholarships are plentiful as well so don't worry about that!

Either way you stack it both careers will limit your time for your horses. I work under a trainer and have for several years and her horses are constantly on the back burner. If she wants to ride or train her horses she either does it LATE at night or EARLY in the morning because she's busy with clients, horses, and lessons. And even then she rarely does because she's tired and often times hurt or sore. Being a vet will mean long hours and stuff.

But you're only thirteen, believe me you have plenty of time to decide and if one doesn't work out you have another plan!
Training with a horse trainer will add something to your college application so don't stop and good luck!
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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incitatus-I didn't mean that I just want to train my horses but I just want to train horses in general. Thank for the advice that helps a lot!

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Trust me - going to college for three years and then after that finding out what you want to do with your life is not a good idea.
All three of my older siblings are and have done that. They have wasted a lot of money on classes they don't know what to do with.

Yes, you have PLENTY of time to figure your career out. A good idea is to find something you enjoy and make a living at it. And as you find out things you enjoy as you grow older - get a job with it to see if it is something you really and truly want to do with your life before you go off to college. You can save a lot of money that way.

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incitatus-I didn't mean that I just want to train my horses but I just want to train horses in general. Thank for the advice that helps a lot!
It's all good! I was just using that as an example! The trainer I work with has a stud that's still not trained to ride because she has so many other training horses in (even though she said that she wasn't going to have an untrained horse anymore because she didn't have the time! We all know how horses wiggle their way into our lives! ) Just do something you love and it'll never feel like 'work'! :)
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Just do something you love and it'll never feel like 'work'! :)
That is what I am trying to do!! :)

I also wanted to know if there are any good colleges in or near NC that I could go to if I wanted to be a trainer.

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Lol I'm 22 and I don't even know! And I'm not in school because I don't want to waste it on a career I'm not interested in. I too want to be a trainer and instructor. Take every opportunity you can to learn. I may get a business degree so I have the skills to open my own equestrian center someday... There are many ways to get into the career you want, just gotta dig them up :)

P.s. you're only 14!!! You're likely to change your mind 1000 times before you finish high school! Relax and have some fun with the horses and keep your grades up!
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I'm nearly 30 and I still don't know, either

I went to school for computer engineering and work in it now, but I don't find it very fulfilling, plus I travel out of state twice a week which limits the time I have for my horse. (On the plus side, I can afford said horse!) I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to go to school to be a vet instead. Vet school is only a few additional years after a bachelors (and you should definitely get a bachelors, even if you want to be a trainer and don't "need" a degree)

Or marry rich. That's always a good option, too
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