Originally Posted by horselvr
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!!
This is going to be a long answer, lots of questions and good ones! I can share what I do personally.
I can tell you what I charge and what I include in that. I don't break it down by starting or finishing work. I don't take any less than 90 days, unless it's just a tune up. I do this simply because 30 days is not a lot to get much done and have found that people expect to have a horse much more farther along than 30 days or budget generally allows.
I charge $675/month including full care board and daily turn out. I ride 6 days a week and the 7th will do ground work, bathing, learning to clip, showmanship work, etc. I will do hourly rides to test out prospective horses clients are considering for purchase, but not for training purposes. I charge a flat $50 to go with and ride the horse. I encourage clients to be proactive in the training process, through observation the first month or when I feel the horse is ready for it's rider, I do lessons/training coaching on what I have been doing with the horse myself. I have an open door policy and encourage folks to just drop in anytime. I am in the barn from 7 am til sometimes midnight 7 days a week and if I'm not I am a call or text msg away. They give me a general idea when they will be coming, usually just a day and I will leave their horse until they get here. My pet peeve is trainers who work the snot out of a horse prior to an appt with a client, they should see them fresh as they will have to ride them fresh themselves. I make it a point to update owners on a weekly basis but will call in between if we had a breakthrough moment or a new success and I am always open to phone calls or visits in between. I will also haul them to the first few shows for owners that want to show themselves and also show several owners horses exclusively. I charge a flat fee & mileage/meals/hotel if required. If I'm hauling my own, I generally ride theirs and they cover my expenses for my own.
Qualifications - super important! Check them out, ask to see them ride horses that are at the same stage in training as yours. Another pet peeve is a trainer who is talking to a client with a completely green horse and only pulls out a finished horse they've done. Who did they learn from? How long have they been training for a living? What successes have they had? If you have specific problems, have they worked with similar horses? Ask for references and follow up on them. My background...I learned everything from my mom, she is a retired trainer who went to Findlay and learned under Clark Bradley & Dale Wilkinson, both hall of famers. I trained my first horse start to finish at 14 and she was a reserve snaffle bit futurity champ. I've turned out AQHA All-Around Champions, several congress top ten horses, and FQHR world champions in various disciplines from showmanship, wp, trail to western riding & reining. I've been riding since I could walk and showing on my own since about 4 years old.
Best advice is to really do your research. There are so many "trainers" out there that have absolutely zero business calling themselves such. Don't get caught up in NH vs non-nh training, look for common sense horsemanship. Good luck!