GETTING TO KNOW THE “LIFE OF A HORSE TRAINER” WITH TREY POOL
I sat down with successful reining horse trainer, Trey Pool with Pool Performance Horses to learn about the lifestyle and inside scoop of being a trainer here in the great state of Texas.
Q: How did you get started in the horse training industry?
A: I grew up with horses. My dad and my uncle trained horses. After I went to school for a couple years, I decided that training horses is what I wanted to do for a living. I went to work for Scott McCutcheon Reining Horses and then also went to work for Mark Lavender. I then had the opportunity to work for Jerry Kimmel to be a resident trainer and was able to work there for 11 years before moving on to my own training business.
Q: How would you describe what you do?
A: We are predominantly a horse training operation; we do not keep a lot of older horses. We keep a lot of horses that are being broke, trained, and built. I like to be able to train a horse and then once they are older, have the horse taken back home to be shown. I also coach and have been happy to help a lot of non pro horsemen and women.
Q: What made horse training the right career choice for you?
A: I have always wanted to train. When most kids wanted to be a fireman or policeman, I wanted to be a trainer. This is what I grew up around with my whole family involved. It is something I get up in the morning excited to do and go to bed thinking of how to do better at that night. I feel very blessed that I get the chance to get up and do this everyday.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a trainer?
A: There are a lot of things! I enjoy being able to be outside and work at something I enjoy everyday. It is rewarding to see horses in training progress. It has been rewarding to see people I work with understand their horses better after helping in a lesson.
Q: What is the most challenging part of this career?
A: I would say being able to balance being a coach, a trainer, and family man. Trying to make the time to be good at all those things and time management is probably the most challenging thing for me.
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