04-10-2013, 09:06 AM
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We are in South Central Oklahoma; 80 miles from OKC and 130 miles north of Dallas.
We have a nice, neat and clean 27 foot RV trailer permanently set up. It has one bedroom, full bath and a combined kitchen / living area.
We have a 5 stall barn that is not used unless we have to keep a horse up, so it is empty. We DO NOT have an indoor riding arena but have a 40' round pen, a 60" round pen, a 150' round pen (mostly for working cattle or bison in) and a square arena. When it is muddy, we just head for the pasture or the hills to train and stay in a complain a lot when it is pouring rain. We can haul horses to an indoor if we have to.
We have not aimed horses toward the show-ring in more than 10 years, but we would if we had someone riding that could get one shown or wanted to learn. I have just been in too bad a shape to get a horse shown well for several years. That is how we got into the 'trail horse business' -- I could not ride anything else. Turned out, it's a pretty good business. Before, I had just made trail horses and ranch horses out of the horses that did not move well enough or have the talent to rein at a really high level. I would still train working cowhorses if I could.
If someone were already a trainer in their own right, we would let them bring or take in a couple of horses to train for themselves and ride ours the rest of the time. That would increase their income and we would still get a bunch of horses ridden. They would just have to keep their own stalls and pens up on their time after work. A week does not go by that we do not have people ask us to train a horse for them. [A lady just contacted us from Calif wanting to ship her horse to us to train.]