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post #11 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by horselover01 View Post
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.
I don't know of any colleges for horse training in NC.... I know there's a couple in Virginia or something like that! lol Personally I would suggest training with horse trainers, at racetracks, etc. In my experience word of mouth and reputation outweighs a college degree (especially with horse training as there are so many different types! lol) I'm not saying don't further your education, but if you have to go away for a college to learn to train horses I would choose a local college and go into animal studies or something like that so you can further your potential veterinary academics if you decide to switch. I find working with a trainer more personal and rewarding than a class or clinic because there's a bond formed between you, horses, and even the trainer and there's little tricks of the trade you learn that sometimes a prof wouldn't teach! lol

Actually one of my first "training" jobs I got was through word of mouth by my trainer. A woman wanted her yearling worked with at basic stuff and the woman I work with said that she couldn't accept another training horse but gave the woman my number and recommended me. Plus it's a good way to immerse yourself in the dealing with clients aspect as well and to ride different horses a lot!
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Personally I would suggest training with horse trainers, at racetracks, etc. In my experience word of mouth and reputation outweighs a college degree
Ok that helps a lot, the only thing is that I don't know of a very big barn or race track I could work at, well there is on but they do jumping so I wouldn't be much help to them. I'm sure I can find somewhere to go though.

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post #13 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 05:53 PM
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I have a job right now at my dog groomers place. (But I am not doing anything that concerns dogs!!)
I am a groom there - I clean stalls, groom horses, spread bedding, etc. I love my job right now and I love the experience because if I don't make it to be a trainer, then one thing I want to do for sure to is be a horse boarder!! And so far I am absolutely loving my job! I don't get real good pay - but hey, I enjoy my job and I am not trying to make a living right now - so everything works out just fine!! (heck, I would do this for free if the gal couldn't pay me, I love it!!)

My first day I did 5 hours of work - HARD work...I swear those stalls hadn't been cleaned in AT LEAST three weeks - and no, I am no exaggerating. She always has shavings in the stalls, but there wasn't a sign that there had eve been shavings tobegin with. The manure was so thick. But after that I was plum worn out already from ducking under fencing, pushing a wheelbarrow under fencing, dumping it, shoveling, etc. My back was killing me. But I finished that and spread the shavings and then groomed the horses.
Five hours for 20 bucks and hey! It was an amazing day and I will be going back again!

As long as my job has something to do with horses (that I can touch, not paperwork or anything) then I will always be happy with it!!

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post #14 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 05:57 PM
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I'm sure you can! You can always ask around and just take lessons at a jumping barn to learn a new discipline! :) Ask at smaller barns too. My trainer that I found has a very small barn, (small barn, no arena other than a round pen and a field and her front yard for lessons lol), sometimes the best trainers are in the oddest of places! lol I took lessons off of her and then started working under her so that could be a way to break the ice. Once people see what you know they're a lot more open about what they need done. Even if you just start out with small stuff (like mucking stalls, fixing fencing, etc.) it'll all bring you knowledge you can use later on! I think that little barns are more easy going and friendlier than to a big barn that has to make a quota by the end of the year. Big barns are great to but don't discredit the little barns! ;) Trust me you can learn a lot from an old horse person that still believes in some old wives tales!
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-26-2013, 07:51 PM
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I think a lot of people go to college with an idea what they want to do - but the reality of it is far different to the idea. I knew I had some great ideas about what I wanted to do before I went to university, but your perspective of the world in high school, and your perspective in university is very different. After you learn more about your proposed career sometimes you decide that it isn't really what you want to do at all.

I wanted to be a vet for a while too, and I did all the research and while I was okay with getting into a lot of debt for the school fees, and dedicating that much time, after talking with vets I decided it wasn't a job I wanted. It might be different where you are, but here there are few permanent positions in cities, with more vets than there are jobs. This means that the starting pay is low, the hours are long and hard. Even once you're experienced, the pay is still relatively low, and can be comparable to that of a high school teacher which has better hours, and much cheaper course costs, and more employment opportunities.

Money isn't everything, but it's a lot when you have a huge debt hanging over your head.

Lots of people want to be trainers, and lots of people are. It's not impossible but again it's good to be realistic. First you'll have to learn how to train, and that might be through some sort of working student program with an established trainer. Beyond that, you'll want to be successful in your discipline to give people a reason to train with you. If you can't train your own winners, how can you train theirs?

I guess now my best advice to you would be to keep an open mind and try a lot of things. In a couple of years you'll probably start being required to do work experience for school - instead of choosing the "fun" ones like many people do, get experience in places you might want to work, like vets. Try and build relationships with successful trainers in the area, always be polite, open minded and take care of your reputation, so that when the time comes someone might be will to "take you under their wing".

And don't let your school work fall behind. In all likelihood you won't have the resources to start out on your own, and you might need to work for five years or more to get the money you need, or to continuously fund your primary goals. Keep up your core subjects, and keep university in the back of your mind. I don't know about there, but here it's almost becoming "standard" for people to have degrees, and in many jobs if you don't have one (any discipline) you won't even be considered.
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