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    08-23-2012, 03:08 PM
Am I being unrealistic? Give me a reality check..

Hi everyone...I have 3 horses, one of them being a 2 yr old filly. I have had her since she was 8mos. She leads, ties, stands for farrier, yields her back end(working on front), takes a saddle and bridle. Good temperment and I plan on using her as another trail horse. Everything I know I have learned from friends, reading, videos and more reading. On to my issue..

I started looking at training facilities to bring her to in the spring. I want this girl broke to ride right the first time. I lack the knowledge to do it myself, hence why I am looking for a trainer to work WITH me. A fw days ago I went to facilitly that charges $650 for 30 days. She goes there for 30, comes home for 30, then back for 30-60, depending on where she is at in her training. When I asked what I could expect after 30 days, I was told "they get to know my horse", what she can and can't do, etc. Really?I know what she can and can't do, which is why I am looking for a trainer! So, in reality, I'll end up spending almost 2k to be able to get on her.

I could buy another horse.

Shouldn't I expect more for that first 30 days? For that money? I am tempted to do it myself, even if it takes longer.

Feel free to tell me if I expecting too much. I am really put off by facilities right now. I do have a few more to check out.
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    08-23-2012, 03:25 PM
Well, I don't believe in "breaking" a horse, like something on a job order.
Personally, I think horsemanship is a journey. You want to trail ride, you take your horse on the trails. You want more, that's up to you.

I do think every horse should be okay under saddle, as insurance for a good home. Not necessarily "trained" for anything.

To get a horse to accept saddle and bridle takes about a week at most. I believe in very VERY light riding until about 3-and-a-half to 4 years old.

The price seems about right for full-stabling and training; but is it something you really need? I think you'd be very happy, and probably quite successful, with your seond idea, of having a personal trainer work with you.
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    08-23-2012, 03:37 PM
I would prefer a trainer come to me and teach me along with the horse. I have one that comes once a week to give my daughters(14 yr old twins) lessons on our other 2 horses. I am having a hard time finding one that "break" horses to come to me. She already takes a saddle and bridle like a pro. I have not gotten on her and I don't intend to til next year. She will be 3 next year, and she's a solid build. I just don't get the $650 to "get to know my horse". I have no problem paying the money if I get great results. I fear those first 30 days would be wasted.
    08-23-2012, 03:43 PM
$650 is a good price for full training/board.

After the first 30 days at a trainer, my horses can walk, trot, whoa and back under saddle. Not much more then that. I do all pre-training on my horses like you have done, saddling, yeilding, leading, tying, picking up feet etc. So when they go the the trainer, she does the bit and the riding. I also back them before sending them so they don't freak out when someone is on their back.

The further I can get them, the further my trainer can get them.

I can do the training myself, but honestly, its much easier to send them out. I feel it helps with the independence of the horse too. To be away from the herd.
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    08-23-2012, 03:48 PM
The way this trainer was talking, I don't even think she would teach that in 30 days. It would be great if she did. Perhaps I should just keep looking.
    08-23-2012, 03:50 PM
I would keep looking for a trainer. This one doesnt seem like the right fit.
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    08-23-2012, 03:50 PM
I'm in the same situation as you, however my horse is just over three. I've done all the groundwork and have backed him a few times already, but I can't afford to get hurt. I'm going to the trainer with my horse and want to be involved in the training and learning. I talked to the trainer last night and he starts at the beginning, leading. If the horse has had a good solid foundation on the ground this will go quickly, and if he finds any holes or gaps in what I have done, or the horse has developed bad habits he will stop and fix it before he moves on. So if horse has been done right up until now the training goes quickly and saddle work will happen faster, if not then the saddle work waits. This is probably what the person means by "we get to know the horse". I agree with his way of thinking as I personally am not in any rush and want it done right. If you just want your horse to be backed and ridden make sure you state that and be up front with what you want done in the 30 days so that the trainer and you are on the same page.
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    08-23-2012, 04:02 PM
I was upfront. I told her everything I had done, and what needed to be done. I told her I had never backed an unbroke horse and I didn't really think I should. I get the wanting to get to know my horse part...but that doesn't take very long. I get the feeling she wouldn't be backed at all during the initial 30 days.
    08-23-2012, 04:43 PM
Yeah, I would probably look around for someone else then. I know around here we don't have many people to choose from and that means sending them away for training. But like you I want to be around and involved. Good luck!
    08-23-2012, 06:35 PM
Thank you all for the input. Sorry if I was ranting. Good luck to you also, Mochachino.
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