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What areas are in need of a talented young horse trainer?

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  • What areas are in need of a talented young horse trainer?

    If one was looking to move elsewhere in the country and looking to start a business training (mostly young horses, but also experience at FEI), what areas are really needing someone like this? Anyone know of any farms looking for a resident trainer?

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    Oklahoma City could use more options. Not sure about actual barns looking for trainers, but we don't have many options when it comes to dressage.

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    • #3
      Pretty sure I saw an ad in this week's Chronicle for an Assistant Young Horse trainer at Rolling Stone Farm.
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      • #4
        Wisconsin could use more options. Not sure the WI economy could support it tho.
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        • #5
          I would love if my farm could support a young horse trainer!! We desperately need trainers with a dressage base. It is sooo limited here in Northwest PA. If you moved here I would send you some business!!

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          • #6
            NW Ohio. Very limited options without driving for awhile. Not sure there would be enough interest though... I also noticed a lack of dressage trainers in Louisville when I was looking into moving there.
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            • #7
              Cincinnati, OH definitely!! I couldn't find anyone who wanted to start my young horse unless I could guarantee they wouldn't be bucked off---seriously.

              And you would probably get business from northern KY, Dayton, and eastern Indiana as well!

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              • #8
                Just about everywhere. But I think you have to look at the areas that have big shows and large dressage farms. That will help you market the horses much easier and have access to more schooling shows to showcase the horses you train.
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                • #9
                  We're actually looking at places near Cleveland, OH for those who have suggested OH.

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                  • #10
                    AlterrainTrainer, please just move that a little west! I just moved from the Cleveland area where there were quite a few choices to out here where I have virtually no choice Unfortunately, we also aren't very close to any rated/recognized shows. Most are at least an hour and a half, if not more.
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                    • #11
                      You know, this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart . . . We always hear about the lack of young horse trainers, but when I put my shingle out as a young horse trainer, I got very little interest. And that's with me having a good track record of bringing young horses from totally untouched in a field to winning at Equine Canada Gold rated shows. I found that in my area, breeders/owners were very used to sending their youngsters to "cowboy" trainers, and weren't really intersted in their horses having a correct start as a dressage horse. I think that part of the reason is that the cowboy trainers "break" the horses much faster, which means less training costs. However, from what I say, the horses that had 30 days at the cowboy were not what I consider "broke". Yes, you could ride them around with their heads straight in the air, with little or no understanding of leg aids, bending etc, but they didn't really have a solid foundation as a dressage horse. Horses that I "broke", took 3-4 months, but they lunged obediently in side reins, had topline development, stood obediently at the mounting block, went walk/trot/canter with a basic idea of bend and acceptance of the bit, hacked out, maybe trotted over a few poles. This is a longer, more expensive training road, but one that I think is more fruitful in the long run.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Forte View Post
                        You know, this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart . . . We always hear about the lack of young horse trainers, but when I put my shingle out as a young horse trainer, I got very little interest.
                        I find this to be true as well. I have some good business, but haven't found the great need that is frequently discussed here on COTH. The folks that DO have babies either send them to the cheapest cowboy they can find, or shell out the big bucks for the BNT.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                          I find this to be true as well. I have some good business, but haven't found the great need that is frequently discussed here on COTH. The folks that DO have babies either send them to the cheapest cowboy they can find, or shell out the big bucks for the BNT.
                          Agree. The BNT often have eager European youngsters with seats of steel who are quite willing to put the first 10 rides- couple months on. Then the BNT gets one whenever they are comfortable the animal is safe.

                          Very often clients just want it done as fast as possible, 30 days is preferred. Then they bring the horse home and try to find someone willing to sit on it for $10/ride. And they do find those folks. Eagerness and good intentions go a long way toward making up for lack of actual mileage, knowledge, or skill. People young enough to still be on their parent's insurance are preferred....

                          Something I didn't understand when I was a 'do-eyed darling.' But now I get it.

                          Horses are just very expensive and breeders/owners want it done as cheaply as possible.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Isabeau Z Solace View Post
                            Then they bring the horse home and try to find someone willing to sit on it for $10/ride. And they do find those folks.

                            The bane of my existence is trying to explain to the uneducated owner WHY having the uninsured, practically free 16 year old that swears she can sit on anything and make it fart Grand Prix butterflies in less than 30 days is a bad idea.

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                                Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                                The bane of my existence is trying to explain to the uneducated owner WHY having the uninsured, practically free 16 year old that swears she can sit on anything and make it fart Grand Prix butterflies in less than 30 days is a bad idea.
                                It is kind of amazing to me what kind of low-quality, total lack of results people will accept from a trainer. They want the "obvious" training ride. So the horse wrestles around in an approximation of training level pretty much forever.

                                So my experience is that you can build a better mousetrap and parade it around on display in the form of your own horses but the quiet ride that has no visible "training moments" but three weeks later the horse is unrecognizable is not dramatic enough for most people to pick up on.
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                                • #17
                                  I have no knowledge of the OP's or other posters' abilities but, "talented young horse trainer" is used almost as often as a "stunning prospect with FEI potential."

                                  Good luck with your endeavors.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by red mares View Post
                                    I have no knowledge of the OP's or other posters' abilities but, "talented young horse trainer" is used almost as often as a "stunning prospect with FEI potential."

                                    Good luck with your endeavors.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by dressurpferd01 View Post
                                      Well bless your heart! You have no idea of my skills or accomplishments, not am I inclined to go into great detail here, hence my use of an alter.
                                      This is an alter? Who is this really then?
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                                      • #20
                                        You should set up shop across the street from that Spirithorse/Dragonharte character. It's apparent that they are hurting for expertise in his area.

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