Nowadays, horse racing is becoming more and more popular all over the world, so the horse trainer is also becoming hot. No matter because of the trend or your interest, it is a promising and popular job now. For some people, however, the prospect of being a horse trainer came to them much later on in life. There are also those who weren’t able to fulfill their dreams of becoming a horse trainer until much later due to some constraints. Whatever the reason is, thankfully, it is never too late to fulfill that desire. So what are the steps on becoming a horse trainer?
Horses, like all animals, are extremely complex creatures that require understanding and respect. You will be working with them at close proximity at all times and so it is imperative that you have ample amount of understanding on the dynamics of their history, behavior, and their needs.
Your education may come in many ways. If you have an affinity to reading, go to the nearest library and get your hands on books that talk about horses as well as training and caring for them. You can also subscribe to different horse magazines, purchase DVD’s or scour the internet for helpful articles so you can gain more understanding of horses and how to take care of them.
It will also help for you to have a hands-on experience on how to handle horses before you begin your career as a horse trainer. For this you can take a trip down to the nearest stable or riding centers and observe how the more experienced folks handle their horses. You may even volunteer for a few sessions just to get a hang of things. This will provide you with preliminary experience on how to become an effective horse trainer yourself.
Now that you know almost everything that you need to know about horses at this point of time, the next step is to start trying. Some people, however, make the mistake of trying to teach horses grand tricks at once – don’t. This will only lead to frustration for both you and your horse. The trick is to do everything in a gradual, step-by-step manner until your horse gets accustomed to you and to your teachings. There are few easy but vital things that you first much teach your horse, such as longeing, leading, and slowly introducing equipments like saddles, bits, and bridles. In the next few articles, we will talk about how to conduct training sessions for those mentioned above.
Lastly, keep in mind that horse training requires copious amount of patience from you. Sometimes it will take weeks or months for noticeable progress to be noted. It is therefore natural to feel a little bit impatient sometimes and this might even tempt you to use a whip or a similar object to teach a horse. When faced with this moment, remember that every good thing is worth every ounce of effort, hard work, and patience that you put to it.