Finding a trainer to start a nervous, little handled horse
I have a four year old gelding who has been out on pasture for pretty much his entire life. He's only been handled literally a handful of times - I'd say he's been haltered less than 8 times, and to halter him I've had to run him into a squeeze or rope him. I did get to the point last time I was home where I could catch him but only if he was in the roundpen.
I've started several colts from the ground up myself and am confident in my abilities. But, I have always had access to a roundpen and arena, as well as the help of my dad.
I'm moving far away from home this summer and really want to bring the gelding with me. I'm for sure bringing my mare with me... but I want to get the gelding started under saddle this summer. For one because he is already four years old and two because I plan to breed River this spring for a 2013 foal and would like to have a saddle horse for next summer.
I'm stressing about it though because I have no idea yet where I'm going to be keeping the horses. I have a place for them at a relatives until I'm settled in, but I can't keep them there all summer. Once I DO find a place I have no idea if it'll have a roundpen or arena or anything.
My question is... how hard do you think it will be to find a colt starter who is willing to work through the gelding's nervousness and the hard to catch issue? I've been away from home lots this winter so wasn't able to consistently work with him... though he is halter broke, that's about it. He's super cheeky too... he tries to muscle through closed gates and fences, and has actually jumped out of my arena. I don't know if the majority of trainers only want quiet, well handled horses or what lol.
All I want is someone to get a start on him, to get him so he can be caught, and to ideally get him started under saddle (just a handful of rides really). I've never had to use a trainer before and wouldn't have to in this situation except that I don't have the facilities to do it myself.
My other option is to leave him at home and start with him next winter... but that means another summer of being a wildie and doing nothing. And then next winter I'm back to the same job where I work two weeks away from home each month... and it's -40 all winter, so in all honesty I don't work the horses much lol.
On that note... does anyone know good, reputable colt starters near Edmonton/Lloydminster area or north of there? (or north of Prince Albert, SK)