Some of you may know I have recently enlisted the help of a "professional" trainer with my new addition to the herd. I have had a lot of horses through the years, trained, broke, and competed on horses my whole life. (well I wasnt breaking horses at the age of 5 but I was barrel racing them!) I have never hired a trainer so I have no idea what could be considered "reasonable". I know it is going to vary from region to region but I am just looking for a general idea.
I personally have trained barrel horses for other people but never as a "professional" in fact the only thing I charged was either hay or a riding buddy. I made sure I told the people I worked with upfront that I am not a professional and I am only sharing my knowledge of what has and has not worked for me over the years.
So my question - How much does a professional trainer cost?
There are going to be answers all over the place so lets break it down a bit further
Cost to "break" a horse?
Cost to train a horse for general riding purposes once broke?
Cost to train a horse to do specific events (western or pleasure)
Cost to "finish" a horse?
Please include with how much it costs and how the cost is broke down
Monthly? (How many times a week are they riding for you?)
Does it include board while they are at the trainers facility or are they coming to your facility?
And finally -
Are you included in that training?
Are they helping you while you ride or are they riding the horse?
Do you get updates? How often?
What qualifications do they have that make them a professional?
I appreciate the info!!