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    07-07-2011, 11:37 AM
different horse every lesson? please help!

I want to start taking lessons at different barns/ different horses every lesson. You see, my barn has little turn over, and I am looking for some change, and then maybe lease/ buy a horse when I come upon the right one. Is there such a thing to take my trainer and try different horses almost every lesson? Almost like "trying" a horse before buying them? What would you call this?
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    07-07-2011, 11:54 AM
You can certainly ask your trainer to go and help you with trial rides, but do not expect to ride a trial horse for long. If I were selling a horse and someone basically came to take a 'free' lesson on my horse, I'd be mighty peeved. You want your trainer there, yes - but you don't want the trainer to give you a major lesson (pointers are ok) on a horse that's for sale. Absolutely don't contact sellers whose horses you just want a ride on and have no (or very little) intention of buying.
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    07-07-2011, 11:59 AM
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Unless you bring the horse to your barn for a week long trial, you shouldn't really be getting a lesson on it. You should be able to put the horse through its paces by yourself, with little to no help.

Not all barns will allow outside coaches to come in either, so you can't exactly "barn hop" and take your coach with you.

If you are wanting to learn on different horses each week, take lessons at two different barns, under two different trainers. You might actually learn more this way.
    07-07-2011, 12:02 PM
Agree with Velvets.

Don't waste an owner's time, money, and good will by riding horses you have no intention of buying.

I do think riding as many different horses as you can is a good idea, but you should be the one footing the bill, not someone trying to sell/lease a horse.
    07-07-2011, 12:34 PM
If you are looking around for a horse ( I.e specifically looking to buy one), then I see no problem with your trainer going to see a horse with you. My trainer rode & watched me ride every horse we looked at when we were horse shopping. My trainer rode the horse for 10 or so minutes before I got on, to make sure that horse was safe and at my level. However, this was far from a lesson. She gave me some pointers as I rode, but that was it.

If you are seriously looking for a horse, and happen to find one that you are looking to buy, THEN you can discuss having a trial lesson with the owners approval.

If you want to ride a variety of horses, look for a barn with multiple lesson horses.

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