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Dear Franklin,

My [15 year old] daughter desperately wants to be a horse trainer, and believe me she is cut out for the job. She has loved horses since she was a small child, but especially she has a special way with horses that I just can't explain. What we were wondering is; How does one become a horse trainer? What schools/classes are available for this sort of career choice and where? We live in Michigan but she is willing to relocate when the time comes. We also needed to know if there are any scholarships available for schooling in this field and also; where would she find work? Thanks so much for your time! Have a wonderful day,


Careers with Horses

Hi Laura,

First thing I would do is encourage your daughter to read books about horse training. She can get them at the library. Second is to find a riding instructor who also teaches "horse" along with teaching the human activity of horseback riding. Most riding instructors do not teach anything about horses beyond maintenance, grooming and saddling. It would be extremely helpful to your daughter to find a teach (like myself) who teaches about horses along with riding. Next would be to let her attend whatever horse training seminars or clinics that come into your area. They are usually listed on bulletin boards at ranch supply (feed) stores or tack stores. Get her horse magazines like Equus, Western Horseman and Horse and Rider. They have articles all the time about what your daughter wants to learn. I have tapes and DVD's for purchase, like other trainers, that show and describe basic training techniques. If you are interested I would be happy to tell you what I have available. Also, in Equus magazine they list colleges and other educational opportunities for individuals looking to educate themselves about horses. You might let her sign up for an immersion program where she goes and stays for a short period of time on a ranch and works with the horse daily. I offer such a program as do other trainers. Be careful, some are very pricey and the classes are loaded. My immersion classes are limited to 6 individuals. Next would be to get her a horse when you feel she is ready. Do not get her a young, green (immature) horse no matter how pretty it is. Get her a horse a minimum of a 6-8 year old horse and that is bomb-proofed. This horse will teach her a lot. Many people make the grave error of purchasing a young, inexperienced horse thinking the child and the horse will grow up and learn together. This is a dangerous mistake. Who do you want bringing up a child, another child or an experienced parent? Always chose a mature, calm and experienced horse for a young rider. You'll pay more but really get a safe and wonderful horse if you are careful in your selection.

I hope I have offered some good suggestions. Please let me know what you decide and the best of luck to you and your daughter. By the way, I visit my sister in Michigan regularly. Perhaps I could hook up with you there someday.

Sincerely, Franklin

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