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post #1 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow About sending your horse to the trainers...

I thought about it for a while, but things have been going really well lately and Frida is about to be backed in mere weeks. I currently work with a trainer twice a week and work with my horse 5 days a week. I have done all of her training physically by myself, with direction from a professional. I feel happy to have gradually see her evolve into an respectful, loving companion, and me becoming competent to communicate with her. It's an experience my years of riding didn't quite fine tune. While I was muddling over whether to send her, I began to think about how vast the change would be if I sent her away to trained. I'm not talking about learning discipline or "being broke". I was wondering if anybody had a horse who's personality changed to such a degree that it upset you upon completing a month or two at the trainers. Again, aside from the learning your horse gained, was there a big difference in the personality of the horse, or "lightness?"
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 07:45 AM
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I have never sent a horse away for training I started my first horse the way you did, physically myself but with guidence and now I just do my own. But I have had many friends send their horses for a period of time and I would say it really depends on your trainer. I have have horses come back to the barn with the same personality just more respectful and I have had horses come back and you woonder if it has gotten a labatomy or something because if it didnt have the same coat pattern you would really question it. My advice is really know your trainer and you should be fine. I always tell my friends do do random 'drop ins' to visit while their horse is there.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 11:56 AM
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I've never done it and I have to say I never will. My reasoning is that I will only buy a horse if it I am able to work with it by myself because I don't think I'd ever be able to trust a trainer enough, and even if I did, I wouldn't be able to bare with my horse being so far away. I also don't think I'd be doing myself any favors by having people do everything for me. I find the fun in the actual training, and riding a horse you trained yourself is just so much more rewarding to me. Of course, I do take regular lessons so I know what I am doing, but I find it easier to learn things for myself, then teach them to my horse. My honest opinion is, if you're doing fine, why bother?
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 12:07 PM
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I wavered on sending my horse because we had made such good progress. I sent him and I am thrilled that I did. But I am taking lessons on him with the trainer. The trainer is working with me and him to make things easier for the horse to understand and more clear and Peppy is so much softer and more responsive in two weeks. And he seems calm and happy But I have to triple second what others have said, be so sure you have a good trainer!
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Seahorseys View Post
Again, aside from the learning your horse gained, was there a big difference in the personality of the horse, or "lightness?"
What do you mean by "lightness"?

I am also not sure what you mean when you say 'send away' to a trainer.

I had my filled backed (broke/trained - whatever term you want to use) last year. I am not sure I would say I sent her away though. I did board her at the trainer's barn during her training but I stopped and interacted with the trainer and her on a regular basis.

Did it change her personality? Well she is more respectful but still herself, does that count as a personality change?
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 12:34 PM
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I use a trainer for the vast majority of my horses for the simple reason that I do not show at the level my horses are capable of so I send them to a trainer to be trained and shown. I have never had a horse come back with a bad attitude or with any problems. They left being loving and in your pocket horses and came home that way. Only difference was they came home very well trained easy to ride with a lot of earnings.

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 02:12 PM
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I've been taking lessons with a guy for two years now. I've seen him ride my horse, and I've seen the way his training horses act in the barn. They all still have great, quirky personalities and are pretty much in your pocket. After some consideration, I am going to send Cowboy to him to get a better polish, and he was honest with me. He said "I figure you can get him 95% of the way there, and then when you're ready I'll ride him." Which is true. His walk and jog are nice, slow and true. I just can't get a consistent lope xD I'm hoping he's not going to be one of those who works my horse before I get there.

Either way, the man is established. He's won World Championships, so I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing.

The last trainer I was at noticed I picked up on the way he riding my horse, and asked ".. You learn a lot by watching, don't you?" I answered yes, and I neeeeever saw him riding again. As if I was going to steal his methods - I was paying him, there was no 'stealing' to it. Then he seemed shocked when my horse was winning big classes (because he failed to mention he was spur training my horse, which I found out at a later date with some experimenting ;D). He'd ask how Cowboy did, we'd tell him, "Oh.. Well... Well that's good..." wtf?

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 02:26 PM
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I'm fortunate one of my best friends is a trainer. She has helped me step by step with my 2 current babies. I knew if I got to a place where I didn't want to or felt I was unable to continue she would. My main fear was getting on the for the first time. Since I'm older (52) and never done it before I had a severe fear of getting bucked off
It was no problem though I never got a buck 1 and they are still doing well.
I think if you have a good relationship with the trainer and can be there to be a part of it, you should have no worries about a major change except as an improvement.

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