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post #11 of 29 Old 01-22-2012, 11:36 PM
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just to let you know dh,there still are a few honest and not real expensive professionals still out there.i dont charge much because i think even a working person should be able to enjoy there horse.
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post #12 of 29 Old 01-23-2012, 12:02 AM
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It isnt always easy.. but Ive been pretty good with lessons.. I have been usin gthe same girl for a year now roughly.. and I like what she teaches.. she has my interest in mind and is willing to take it slow if needed and explain things If I need them explained or she will have me get off the horse and get on and show me what im doing wrong from her point of view or give me pointers on how to fix things.. I found her through a friend of mine.. she knew she gave lessons to people and she finally had a chance to squeeze me in and ive been there ever since
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post #13 of 29 Old 01-23-2012, 07:13 PM
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Finding a trainer can be tough!

There are some trainers that I wonder why they have a clientele at all. One that a had worked for was rather verbally abusive to his clients...and they paid to take lessons from him where I was paid to work there and it was all I could do to make myself drive to the barn in the mornings! lol Matter of fact his wife"s wedding ring was still somewhere in the arena because she couldn't stand to ride with him and one day threw her ring down in the dirt and rode it wasn't just me! We would be at a show and people would ask who I rode for, I would tell them and they would apologize and wish me the best of luck. I lasted three months before finding a new job. lol

I realize that horse trainers are horse trainers- that doesn't automatically make them good people trainers. So finding someone who is good with horses and has the ability to teach you as well makes the equation a little more difficult.But there are good ones out there! And they may not have a spectacular show record. This is one of my pet peeves, someone who wants to brag about what big name trainer they have their horse in training with and taking lessons from. Just because he may have won a couple futuritys doesn't make him the best out there. It sure is nice when you have a couple big money clients that can send you ten bred up futurity colts every year- definitely increases the odds. That's not case with all, but there are some real good trainers that you may not of heard of yet.

I think a tip off would be when you call to schedule a lesson is if they want you to come and take a look first maybe watch some lessons, and/or have you come ride for a "try out" lesson. That way they can evaluate you to see where you are at and see if you fit the program. Also that gives you the chance to see if you two make a good fit as well. If they want to take it slow before they start promising winning big money at the big shows, then you may be on to something. If they start promising that they are going to turn you and your horse into a super star before that, I would walk away.

So go with your gut, take your time and ask around like mentioned above.
Best of Luck!
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post #14 of 29 Old 01-23-2012, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for some really good suggestions and Rob, it's nice to know that there are honest people out there in the equine world. I know there is..they're just hard to come by.

Living in an area where there in a trainer on every corner, PP right down the street and just about every discipline known makes it more of a challenge. The first horse I had since moving here was the qh and I found him from taking reining lessons at a barn not far from home. I had a blast!! This was a seasoned wp horse that for me, was big...15.3 (I'm a shortie..5' nothing) but we clicked. I took lessons twice a week for about six months before this horse came into the barn. I rode him in a few lessons, asked why he felt like he was "pitching" more in one direction than the other and was told he was a little stiff. When purchase time came, I wanted a vet I'd met and liked that wasn't familiar to him..I wanted xrays and bloodwork, the horse was a lot of money. Being naive and trusting, I allowed his vet, but insisted I be there. Got a call the vet check was done, horse passed with flying colors. Got him home 2mnths later and big surprise, severe lipping in the right hock. They'd buted and given injections and it finally wore off after about a week of having him home. From there it was down hill.

I found another wp trainer to come to the house for lessons with this horse..she taught an equestrian program at a college near by. She found the lameness in this horse. When I couldn't get this horse to side pass..he was ready to blow up after 30 min. of her yanking on his bridle, getting angrier by the minute with the both of us, jabbing him in the ribs, yelling at me, (I kind of freaked when she wanted us to sidepass into a giant banana spider) she told me I shouldn't have a horse but to get myself an f'ing goldfish instead. I didn't schedule another lesson, but she came back the following week and was po'd when I asked her to leave.

That was the beginning of it all. It got worse from there. As for just getting a horse and riding, the problem is, I don't have direct access to trails. After work, if I wanted to just ride, it means taking a ride along the swale in the neighborhood..dodging cars, motorcycles, dogs charging the fences, you name it.

I own a business so there's no time to hook up and haul out except for on Sundays and Mondays, my days off, which doesn't always jive well with others schedules. The biggest problem is my total lack of confidence. My thought is to find an instructor and see how it goes.

I did have a wonderful dressage instructor, who taught me a lot! She doesn't have lesson horses available to her anymore. We became, I thought, really good friends. Oddly, as soon as I sold my horse, she no longer returned my calls. So, I think I was more of a paycheck, than a friend.

The average lesson around here ranges from $35 an hour, which is cheap, and I've paid as high as $110. Did that ONCE..didn't ask the price before the lesson never dreaming it'd be that amount.

I'm sorry if I'm wining...I'd like to put my toe in the water again as I'm literally, surrounded by horses and I miss them. Nothing is as relaxing as grooming, fussing, spending time and even shoveling poo, at least to me.

Oh, as for finding somebody with a show record..those trainers are looking for somebody that wants to show seriously, not a middle aged woman who isn't going to bring them lot's of ribbons and other clients into their barn. Those trainers and only nice to least from what I've seen.

This might sound like an odd question...bear with me...but do you all take off your jewlery before you go looking at a horse or to meet with a trainer/instructor? The reason I ask is, most of the time they'll ask what I do for work..I tell them I own a jewelry store and I see some raised eyebrows. Don't know if they're seeing dollar signs or not..don't I wish there was some validity to the thought we're well off!!
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post #15 of 29 Old 01-23-2012, 11:32 PM
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How much jewelry do you wear? Are you looking at horses dripping in diamonds & gold?
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post #16 of 29 Old 01-23-2012, 11:41 PM
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they probably see the big bucks with the jewelry,but i dont care if you show up in bib overalls.and my clients dont ever have to show,as long as they are satisfied with their horse.that is my goal in training.
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post #17 of 29 Old 01-23-2012, 11:47 PM
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im sorry waresbear,but a trainer should look at what a person wants and not what they are wearing.
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post #18 of 29 Old 01-24-2012, 12:14 AM
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If you wearing a bunch of jewelry my dear, you want people to look. That's the whole point of wearing it.
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post #19 of 29 Old 01-24-2012, 04:38 AM
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well finding the right trainer is a tough one. When I came back to horses after 25 years I had this problem, too. After working with some people I found out a trainer is just not the person who stands on the ground giving you some advice while you’re horseback.

A good trainer will take some time to find out who you are. And you need to have respect. He/she will respond to you and will bring you to the next level. Maybe a level you think you cannot reach. The other part is you. You do need let the trainer in your brain… F.e. while I have time with my trainer I do not speak to her, I only listen what she is saying and demanding and I follow. If I want to talk I’d better go to Mike’s tavern and have a beer with friends, you know what I’m talking about.

Hope this helps!

Make it a great day!

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post #20 of 29 Old 01-24-2012, 05:51 AM
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I also need a nice and good trainer....
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