He is a yearling, when I got him in June he went to my trainers for a 45 day boot camp as he had no training at all up to that point. I brought him home mid July and took lessons one a week for a month, then twice a month for the next. I just started back up to prep for worlds, and I was floored when my trainer casually mentioned that her training contract states she gets 50 percent of any winnings. I was floored.
Since bringing him home mid July, I have taught him to walk and trot quietly on the lead, to pivot, to set up and work him twice a day for about 25 minutes each session. He trots the nearby hills, and I have got him pretty fit while keeping him happy. My lessons are invaluable, but only a very small percentage of the time I have spent getting him ready. For her to ask for 50 percent of winnings when one of the classes is a color class that has nothing to do with the trail lessons is unbelievable.
I did not sign a contract with her, and this trainer has not accompanied me to the shows he has been in this year, shows that he has done well in. He has taken Grand and Reserve in Open Halter, gotten tobiano color and amt halter points as well. I value her expertise in trail, but it is a deal breaker to me that she wants 50 percent of his winnings when at most she has worked with him 10 percent of the time.
I told her it wasn't going to happen and I'd stop the lesson and head home right them, for the above reasons... she said "Well, I am flexible and I'm not going to do that to you". I was quiet for awhile then we went on with our lesson and nothing more about it was said, but I don't think the topic is over... .
Do any of you all have any experience with trainer percentages when a horse is not in full time (or even part time) training? I have NEVER heard of percentages for going over for lessons.