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        04-14-2013, 01:16 PM
    Unfortunately, I don't... I've emailed the only two "horsey" people I know in alberta but unfortunately neither one knows of any trainers in the area I'm looking for (around Vermilion, AB or north of Prince Albert, SK).

    I'm going to be located pretty far north so it'll be difficult to go watch several different trainers before deciding. I'm probably a 3 hour drive from the closest trainer actually.

    If I found someone who was REALLY reputable I'd consider hauling up to 5 hours, so I guess I'll just start asking around.

    I'm kind of excited.. it'll be SO nice to get someone to put a start on this guy for me, one less thing to worry about!
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        04-14-2013, 04:51 PM
    On THAT note, has anyone got any suggestions for good trainers/colt starters in SK or AB?
        04-16-2013, 09:29 PM
    Well, I'm having a HARD time finding a trainer. I really hate to just search the internet....

    I found a guy who has been in the cutting horse business for like 30 years. Raising, training, competing. He also used to teach the horsemanship program at Lakeland a few years ago. He has one spot left starting in June.

    But, he only takes colts on a two month minimum. He is only an hour and a half (or less) drive from me which is by FAR the closest person I've found... but, man, at $800 a month that's a lot more than I intended to put into this horse considering I've never used a trainer before. Plus, I know NOTHING about cutting horses. I know good basics are the same for every discipline... but, y'know.

    Hmmm what a dilemma!
        04-16-2013, 09:41 PM
    For someone like you who is only looking for someone to put the first couple of rides on, that's quite a bit of money plus more training than you were looking at getting.

    Just a thought, do you know anyone that cowboys, dayworks that could put a few rides on for you? It seems like guys like that don't require 60-90 days and have no problem knocking the rough off and have the facilities to do so. Plus if you end up not having the time to ride him later you can send him back and that gives them another horse in their string and you get your horse rode(of course, still at a price).
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        04-16-2013, 09:55 PM
    My problem is that I'm new to the province and don't know anyone.

    I did see an ad for a feedlot rider who was offering to put miles on colts... but to be honest I'm a bit wary to use anyone but a somewhat well known colt starter because this horse has only been handled a few times before. He is VERY nervous and unsure. He doesn't need to be "taught a lesson" or anything like that. I feel like someone who needs to get a job done might just get frustrated with him. Plus, I think if he's pushed too fast too soon he'll come apart. Like I said, he's tried to jump over/through my arena fence before lol.

    My horses aren't "pets" but THIS guy needs to be handled slow at first.

    But, maybe I should try getting ahold of that feedlot guy
        04-16-2013, 10:30 PM
    I understand, I wasn't trying to make it sound like your horse was a complete bronc. We too(hubby and I) are used to the horses that are left out untouched until they are 3/4/5 years old. As you and I both know you wouldn't want to deal with them in a flimsy 40 ft. Pen only 5 ft high at first, especially if you need to rope them. But it usually doesn't take long for them to get over the BS. And they are better to handle than rude, manhandled babies, in my opinion.

    Is there an option of leaving him him with someone close to where you live now and coming to get him later after your move? I am not trying to be nosy just trying to offer some solutions.
        04-16-2013, 11:15 PM
    I appreciate it!

    I'm going to take him with me regardless because I'm moving 3000km away. It's easier and cheaper to take both horses at once. But I have lots of family down there who have property where I can keep him until I figure something out.

    I didn't think you were implying he was a bronc :) I was just saying it's hard to know who to trust, y'know? I'm not one of those people who thinks that Pookie is made of glass and needs a horse whisperer, but I also don't want to see him yanked around or thrown or anything if he doesn't need it.

    My cousin went to a sale last weekend and got some numbers for a couple young guys who had really nice well trained horses that they'd trained themselves, so she's going to send those to me which is great!
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        04-16-2013, 11:26 PM
    Ah geez! That is a move!
    I can understand not wanting to send him to just anyone, I wish I could suggest someone but I am not anywhere near there. Hopefully the numbers that your cousin got will pan out! Moving sucks, I went across state lines last month and living in a new area had to find a brand inspector. We always use the same one(just a few counties away) and it was quite the fiasco to get something so simple accomplished. Can't imagine trying to find a colt starter!
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        04-23-2013, 09:02 PM
    I prefer unhandled to mishandled as well. Nervousness isn't hard to fix if it's just due to not being handled. Nervousness do to abuse takes a while to fix. So, just be honest with the trainer, unlike some of the people I deal with that flat out lie to me about their horses.
        04-24-2013, 09:39 PM
    Well, I did find someone :) she will only take him for a min of 45 days, but oh well. I could probably buy a quieter, even reg'd horse for what I'm paying for the training... But I want THIS horse :)

    I'm dropping him off in a few days
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