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post #1 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Is this normal trainer behavior?

My horse is being ridden by a trainer for 30 days. She has already been ridden for 60 days. She's doing great and I have no complaints. I do have a question though.

He is going out of town from tomorrow through Sunday. Is it normal for trainers to "farm" out their training to other people? He has someone riding my horse while he is gone for the next three days.

Is that normal trainer procedures?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 05:37 PM
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I wouldn't let someone else ride my horse except for the person I paid to ride.

I would tell the trainer to put the horse on a break for 3 days and make up those rides at the end of the normal 30 day training period. Or he can knock off the 3 days of training he didn't do from the bill.

He is giving you 27 days of his training for a 30 day training charge. You are paying for this specific trainer's skill. Not someone elses.

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It would greatly depend on who the person is that is supposed to be riding your horse. If it is an apprentice in training with the trainer and the trainer trusts them enough to school some of the more finished horses for a few days, that, IMHO, is perfectly acceptable. However, I would be hesitant if they just asked someone they know to drop by and throw some rides on some horses.

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a lot of trainer have working students or sub-trainers working under them who they will allow to ride horses in training.
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It would greatly depend on who the person is that is supposed to be riding your horse. If it is an apprentice in training with the trainer and the trainer trusts them enough to school some of the more finished horses for a few days, that, IMHO, is perfectly acceptable. However, I would be hesitant if they just asked someone they know to drop by and throw some rides on some horses.
Exactly what I was going to say. I've seen this many times before PLUS it doesn't hurt to have someone new get on your horse for change of 'scenery'. A trainer in general doesn't want all their hard work ruined by an incompetent rider so they are picky about who they have swing their leg over;)
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My trainer had another guy helping with the horses he was training. I knew who he was and approved of him as a backup rider. He is very talented and knows what he is doing. He always gave you 45 days for the 30 day training payment.
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Well, I texted him and asked him about her "credentials". Apparently she is a National Championship rider and my trainer says she rides just as well as he does. So there ya go.... Sometimes a conversation is all it takes. Then he said he would even add a couple of days to the end of my 30 days. See why I like my trainer!

I do agree that a change of scenery would be good for the horse, especially a green one (which she is).
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Exactly what I was going to say. I've seen this many times before PLUS it doesn't hurt to have someone new get on your horse for change of 'scenery'.
^^This. There are so many folks who don't realize what a difference a change in riders can make in a green horse. That's one of the reasons why I always try to have either my Dad or my Brother (or both) step on my customer horses a couple of times before I send them home.

Even on a well started greenie, a sudden change in tack or rider can cause a catastrophe. That's why I always offer to put a ride on a horse in the customer's tack before they take them home.

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