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    12-05-2009, 10:58 PM
  #1
Yearling
Decided to send my mare away for training....:(

Hey everyone...
I put the sad face there because I will miss her.
This was a very hard decision to make.
This is what happened.
I started my mare with a trainer at my barn. Candi started to enjoy working with the trainer and was learning quickly.
Saddly...my trainer got a blood clot (way serious) and is forced to take it easy for approx 6-8 more weeks.

The guy I will send her too will start her from the ground up. I told him all about her and her history.
She is really green and needs a good foundation. She has not been ridden or even really worked with for over a year. She will be 5 yrs old in Jan. By JC standards but her actual Birthday is in late April

I am sad because he lives about an hour north of where my barn is. I will also be out of school on the 18th of Dec and had looked forward to spending the time with her, but ...I think this will be better for both of us!
I can go up and see her anytime.

That's the scoop. She should come back to me in 1-3 months and able to go undersaddle.
By then my trainer at at my barn should be able to work again.
I hope to be able to take some photo's of him working with her. Hey maybe I will figure out how to make video's and post them by that time...lol
Technically challenged...lol

HP
     
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    12-05-2009, 11:19 PM
  #2
Weanling
Good luck! I'm thinking of sending one of mine away to the trainers, just have to find someone I trust! It's kind of scary since I've never sent one away before!
     
    12-06-2009, 10:45 AM
  #3
Yearling
Appy,
Me too! Never needed to have them sent out. Yes scary and exciting all at the same time.
HP
     
    12-06-2009, 01:34 PM
  #4
Weanling
Yes it's exciting too! I've never had a horse professionally trained before, I always do it myself but after getting my Arab who was trained already I can suddenly see that the money spent at the trainers is well worth it!!!
     
    12-06-2009, 02:05 PM
  #5
Showing
Sending your horse off to a trainer when you can't visit frequently can be pretty tough. I've never had to do it, fortunately, and I've been lucky enough to have some trainers near by that do really good work if I needed it.

What I hope is that you've done your due diligence and really checked out not only the trainer but also the facility really well. I've heard so many horror stories about "respected" trainers that if I had to send off a horse, I would check out a lot of references and make a few unannounced trips up to the stable first.

I would also want to know about the feed they use and how much, as well as the vet and farrier. I would also like to know about stabling or turnout and who is actually riding my horse - the trainer or an assistant.
     
    12-06-2009, 02:47 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Sending your horse off to a trainer when you can't visit frequently can be pretty tough. I've never had to do it, fortunately, and I've been lucky enough to have some trainers near by that do really good work if I needed it.

What I hope is that you've done your due diligence and really checked out not only the trainer but also the facility really well. I've heard so many horror stories about "respected" trainers that if I had to send off a horse, I would check out a lot of references and make a few unannounced trips up to the stable first.

I would also want to know about the feed they use and how much, as well as the vet and farrier. I would also like to know about stabling or turnout and who is actually riding my horse - the trainer or an assistant.
I would like to add to this excelent advice by suggesting that you watch him ride the other horses that he is training and/or his own horses. You can expect your horse to be pretty close to those when you get her back. If his other horses are nervous and hard to ride or if they are calm and willing you are looking at the product he is selling.
     
    12-06-2009, 05:35 PM
  #7
Yearling
Hey thanks Iride..and kevin.
Yes it is a big decision! I struggled with this decision for about the last 3 weeks. Actually I had even discussed sending her to this other trainer, before the other gal fell ill. We thought we would wait a bit but obviously it did not work out this way.
I checked out 6 references. All had good things to say and like the end results. When I spoke to him I did ask about what enclosure etc she would be kept in. She will have a small pasture I think he said 20 x 40 or 40 x 40 with a large run in. She will be in there alone but with neighbors on both sides. We discussed the feed and possible changes if needed. I will be sending her with her vitamins. I also asked about the farrier stuff as well because one person said unshod and another said shod...He and I discussed that and un shod is fine and if he decides at some point she needs shoes it would probably only be fronts.
The gal who has her mare there at this time had finally had enough! The trainer at our barn that was working with her wasn't seeming to make any progress. This gals mare is around the same age. But, her mare has been undersaddle before and jumping. Mine has never been ridden since she was in track training.
Any how, the gal sent me a short video of how her mare was last week after she went up tp visit her. I was definitely impressed. She was calm and going along smoothly. Something I have never seen her do! I saw a few minutes of him (trainer) riding and then her. So I am okay with all that.
Another thing I asked him about was his techniques in the round pen, when the horse is free, as well as when on a lounge line. We discussed some of that ans also about what his plan would be for the first rides. He starts all of them in a western saddle and then into a flat english saddle. He asked what I was expectinfrom him, and what my goals with my mare were.
Then we discussed her history. I explained about her jumping the fences at her last residence prior to coming to me. Also talked about the sweating etc.
We discussed the transport as well. I explained to him that I had never loaded her my self, but that when she was brought to me they had some trouble loading.
She is a big girl and I felt bad when the transport guy brought her to me. He had a load going to your state Kevin...he hauls back and forth from Utah and Ca. Anyhow she was the last horse stuffed into a 6 horse slant and when they opened the door I thought "Oh! Poor Girl" No wonder they had a hard time getting her in!
Anyhow...the guy has a sstock trailer and will bring in the other gals horse and pick up my girl.
I can probably go there once a week if I want, but I think I will wait and see how things go.
Any other things you want to add...let me know. At this point I am comfy with my decision.
Oh- I forgot to mention that he worked for years starting horses for one of the bigger facilities near here. I asked at my feed store about him as well because one of the owners at the feed store is good friends with the ranches owner. Maybe during this week I will call the ranch and ask them a few questions as well.
Thanks a bunch!
     
    12-06-2009, 07:02 PM
  #8
Trained
You have already done more than about 99% of the people that bring horses to me. Good for you for doing your homework.
     
    12-07-2009, 07:47 PM
  #9
Yearling
Thanks bunches!
Will be sad to see her leave but eager to have her home!
HP
     
    12-11-2009, 01:32 PM
  #10
Foal
Remember that you need to work with the trainer also. Understanding the cues and riding techniques that your horse knows and how to apply them is important to helping him make the transition. Usually the trainer wants to train the horse and rider to maximise the result.
     

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