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    09-15-2010, 01:09 PM
  #11
Yearling
Try Anita Howe's barn @ Howe They Walk Farm, about 1/2 hour southeast of KC MO. I've met her and she is a staunch supporter of FOSH, natural training methods and her horses move beautifully. Agree that you need someone who is familiar with the different muscles and self-carriage for gaited horses to optimize your success with training; after the initial introduction to the saddle at the walk, it needs to be someone who understands gaited horses.
     
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    09-15-2010, 02:02 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
Try Anita Howe's barn @ Howe They Walk Farm, about 1/2 hour southeast of KC MO. I've met her and she is a staunch supporter of FOSH, natural training methods and her horses move beautifully. Agree that you need someone who is familiar with the different muscles and self-carriage for gaited horses to optimize your success with training; after the initial introduction to the saddle at the walk, it needs to be someone who understands gaited horses.
I did find another trainer and I am trying to get a response from Liz Graves about my training as I felt if she couldn't work with the horse she should have sent him home after 30 days and not keep taking my money. She is not responding to me.
     
    09-15-2010, 07:28 PM
  #13
Weanling
Possibly you have a lawyer friend that might jingle her phone?
     
    09-15-2010, 08:05 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Macslady    
Possibly you have a lawyer friend that might jingle her phone?
I would probably have to go to small claims. A friend had a similar situation with a different trainer and she asked for a refund and they gave it to her. I would hope she would do the right thing.
     
    09-15-2010, 08:38 PM
  #15
Foal
Churumbeque, I was just looking at a Gaited Horse trainers in Iowa site. Just type it in and there is a whole page of trainers in Iowa. You should be able to find one in your area. Sorry you had such a bad deal from Liz Graves. I have heard of her too and just don't know what to think of her now. Wow! Anyway, good luck to you and your horse.
     
    09-15-2010, 10:35 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Jacksmama    
I have to disagree with MudPaint, I think it is important for you to take him to a trainer that has at least a little experience with gaited horses.
I would disagree as well, there is quite a big difference in training a gaited horse...several different variables come into effect with gaited horses that trainers who are unfamiliar with them might not be aware of...just my 2 cents...

I know personally when someone comes to pick up a horse or see progress I'll ride the horse regardless, that's no way to do business imo...

Nate
     
    09-16-2010, 08:43 AM
  #17
Yearling
At the basic level there is NO difference between training a gaited horse and trotting horse. This idea is much more breed-based propaganda than practical differences in type of movement.

G.
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    09-16-2010, 09:12 AM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Guilherme    
At the basic level there is NO difference between training a gaited horse and trotting horse. This idea is much more breed-based propaganda than practical differences in type of movement.

G.
Well for ground work I would agree but I expected to be way past ground work and have a rideable horse in 4 months so I wanted someone who knew how to ride a gaited horse.
     
    09-16-2010, 02:06 PM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
Well for ground work I would agree but I expected to be way past ground work and have a rideable horse in 4 months so I wanted someone who knew how to ride a gaited horse.
We've got two issues going, here.

First is your difficulty with Ms. Graves. I've met Liz a number of times over the years and this story disturbs me as it seems very out of character with her.

The second issue is the more general question of the necessity of a "gaited horse trainer."

As far as riding is concerned, even basic under saddle work does not vary much between a trotter and a gaited horse. There are more complexities with getting a specific gait than there are getting a generic trot, but when a horse first goes under saddle the wise trainer looks for a quiet, forward, horse yielding to the bit more than any sort of specific gait. If you get that gait, then God Bless You. If you don't, it's not a concern at that time.

I would agree with you that if you sent an unbacked horse to a trainer, any trainer, and it came back unbacked after 120 days then there could be a problem. But I would have to ask "what were the terms and conditions of the contract?" If you did not contract to have an unbroke horse ridden then it's no surprise that it was not ridden. I'm not privy to the terms of your agreement so I can't make any specific comments. My general comments, however, I think reflect the standards of the industry.

Anytime anybody engages a trainer there should be a clear writing setting out what the trainer is to accomplish, how long they have to do it, and how much it will cost. This need not be a multipage document on legal sized paper; it can, literally, be done on the back of an envelope. But it should be done so that each party knows their respective responsibilities.

G.
     
    09-16-2010, 02:20 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Guilherme    
Anytime anybody engages a trainer there should be a clear writing setting out what the trainer is to accomplish, how long they have to do it, and how much it will cost. This need not be a multipage document on legal sized paper; it can, literally, be done on the back of an envelope. But it should be done so that each party knows their respective responsibilities.

G.
YES YES YES! I always get something in writing...It makes me feel safer about anything im doing, breeding fees, training, sales, no matter what I have something to protect the other party and me.

Nate
     

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