Did you start to be a horse trainer and then change jobs?
I was just looking at the George Morris clinic update and was seeing young faced, eager newcombers on the way up to becoming trainers. They made me think back to my original goals. I started out managing stables, training horses, being a working student, teaching students, etc. as full time jobs. I barely broke even most months, and it was always a struggle (in the northern states) to make ends meet during the winter months. I ended up going into other, more conventional types of work to make ends meet and then got sucked into it as a full time way of making money and having better benefits. Teaching and training then moved to side careers.
Anyone else start out wanting to do it full time and then realize it just did not pay as well as a full time, indoor job?
I wonder how many people have life change those goals. How many stick with it (and I'm not talking to 20-somethings, I mean people who've stuck with it for 20 or more years as a pro), and how many have families and other life experiences that changed that goal and moved them into something different.