I just wanted to say that, again, horseforum hasn't disapointed haha. So many different responses and opinions. My reponses on here so far have been limited because I've only had internet access on my iphone which is SO frustrating to type on!!!
I understand that a horse which is destined for higher competition obviously needs to have more specific and careful training. And I totally agree that it's the way to go! But, that is NOT where this guy is heading and most definitely is not where I'm going at this point in my life. I'm freshly out of college and I spend my time chasing jobs all over Canada. Do I have time to compete in ANYTHING or refine my horses' training? No. I scarcely have the time and money to ride them as it is. A lot of the time spent with them is just brushing and hanging out since I spend all my riding time working with the 3 year old I'm breaking in exchange for board! (ironic, yes?)
But I will find a way to keep them in my lives. The crappy part comes when I budget to allow for training fees and come up with near nothing out of it anyway. FRUSTRATING, yes! Considering all I want to do with him at this point is trail ride.
Ah well :) summer project I guess. But I reeeeeeeeeally didn't intend to have a $1300 (actually $1800 after considering trailering costs from where I moved) 4 year old grade project. Pretty pricy project in the horse world I grew up in.
It's not the end of the world, but I seriously don't think I'll ever use a trainer again. Some of the opinions on here are (IMO) totally insane. The thing about horses is that there are very few definite "rights" and "wrongs". It makes it so frustrating and I HATE how I feel like I have to walk on eggshells around so many horse people. But to heck with 'em. I know what it takes to get a horse started and wandering down a trail or around an arena. And that's all I want or need at this point in my life. If I want more I'll work towards it. But that's ALL I need for my horses to know in the beginning.
In the end, the trainer promised me something that she didn't anywhere NEAR deliver. That was walk, trot, canter, move off pressure, have his feet handled, and allow himself to be caught. I didn't get most of that. But on the other hand, I likely prevented that uncatchable, wild-eyed, quick hind-footed gelding from ending up in the meat pen. I suppose that's worth it *shrugs*