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    10-16-2012, 09:02 PM
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Foal
Hire a trainer or be my own?

Hi all,
So I was browsing the forum (I really should be doing pre-calc right now) and I was reading about people sending and getting their horses back from trainers and it got me wondering. Should I consider sending one of my horses to a trainer for 30 days? I've had fights with myself for the past year over whether or not to do it (because it can be crazy expensive)

Both my horses are 'green' broke which can drive me crazy some days. I LOVE training my own horses but it takes a lot longer and some times I wish I had just 1 fully trained horse. I know I wont get that in 30 days but it would get me closer. Also which horse would I send? I think it would break my mare's heart (shes a very one person horse) and my gelding. . .well he's a guy. He has food and ladies and he is happy and my gelding is older which makes me lean towards him but he is in a college class for training.

Gelding: 5yrs old, walk, trot, lope. Picks up both leads, pretty good simple lead changes, has a natural low headset. Yields hindquarters, direct reins, VERY spooky, does circles very nicely. He is currently in a college class so wouldn't be sent until Jan (which gives me time to save money if I choose to send a horse)
Mare: 3yrs. Walk, trot, lope. Picks up both leads like a pro, started on flying lead changes, natural HIGH headset. Yields shoulders, started on neck reining, spook proof, circles nicely. Could be sent when I have money. She crosses water, bridges, been up to the mountains, has a killer stop and go.

Each has a good reason to go. So what are your thoughts? Ask any questions you may have and i'll answer!




I forgot to sign out of my sister's account so this is really ThePaintGirl but Im signed in as WyomingSissy. Sorry!
     
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    10-16-2012, 09:04 PM
  #2
Trained
30 days is not much, IMO. If you go with such a short timeline, you may as well do it yourself. JMHO.
     
    10-16-2012, 10:00 PM
  #3
Foal
You can learn a lot just from going and interviewing trainers. Pick a good one, and learn from him as a rider. I think an experienced trainer can do your horse situation a lot of good, however while you are at it, try and get as much out of it for yourself as you can. Make sure he lets you be a part of the training and will help you as a rider know how to ride the horse after he has trained it. Your horse will progress much faster usually, and you will be able to enjoy your horses more.
     
    10-16-2012, 10:04 PM
  #4
Foal
I would just get lessons . I do , my teacher rides my horse . Does some work on him well showing me what to do and how to re correct things ! It really helps me. And my horse ! Saves me alot of money too ! Lessons are once a week :)
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    10-16-2012, 10:17 PM
  #5
Yearling
All I can say is if you do take one, go and watch several times, what they do with other horses and make sure its what you want.
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    10-16-2012, 10:25 PM
  #6
Foal
In case you guys missed the last sentence WyomingSissy is my sister and I posted my question under her by accident. So I'll just reply under myself.

I was planning on taking lessons once a week from a reiner that lives like 15 minutes from my house but sadly he decided to go pro and stopped training for the puplic. If I can find someone to take lessons from that are close to me I'll choose that over sending a horse off but so far that search has given me nothing.
All the trainers Im looking at are in CO (I live in WY) so they are close enough to send a horse to but not close enough to take lessons from.
     
    10-16-2012, 11:07 PM
  #7
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No no no!! Do not send to a trainer until you at least try to train yourself!!

This is why: You send a horse to a trainer and they are trained by someone who knows how to make themselves dominant and are firm with the horse. When you get the horse back, they will be amazing for a week, maybe two. But they will see they you aren't as confident in their training as the trainer and they will find holes if you do not specifically re-enforce that training.

My suggestion would be to train yourself and make notes on things you need help with as you go along.

Take those notes, and look up YouTube videos, books, advice here. If you still can't resolve those issues, do an hour or two hour session WITH the trainer so that you know how to handle those issues. Never ever send your horse to a trainer alone. You need to be trained along with the horse to be successful:)
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    10-16-2012, 11:22 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by TXgrey    
No no no!! Do not send to a trainer until you at least try to train yourself!!

This is why: You send a horse to a trainer and they are trained by someone who knows how to make themselves dominant and are firm with the horse. When you get the horse back, they will be amazing for a week, maybe two. But they will see they you aren't as confident in their training as the trainer and they will find holes if you do not specifically re-enforce that training.

My suggestion would be to train yourself and make notes on things you need help with as you go along.

Take those notes, and look up YouTube videos, books, advice here. If you still can't resolve those issues, do an hour or two hour session WITH the trainer so that you know how to handle those issues. Never ever send your horse to a trainer alone. You need to be trained along with the horse to be successful:)
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Im looking for a trainer that will let me come join the training session every so often. See I can't haul my horse to CO once a week because the ranch truck pulling the huge GN trailer gets AWEFUL gas mileage. But I can go visit the trainer during the 30 days because my college truck gets okay gas mileage. Am I making any sense?

But I would not be okay with getting my horse back without me joining the training because I'll have no idea what to do. Id at least want to do a lesson before bringing my horse home.
     
    10-16-2012, 11:29 PM
  #9
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Definitely. I'd say just try it out a home. You are probably much more capable than you think:)

Have you done join up?

Like I said, try it for a month, take some notes on things you definitely can't do anything about, and give those to a trainer. All you need is about 2 hours with a trained and you can take what they reach you home and work out the kinks.

I am 100% sure you CAN do it by yourself. You just have to get out there and do it:)
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    10-16-2012, 11:36 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by TXgrey    
Definitely. I'd say just try it out a home. You are probably much more capable than you think:)

Have you done join up?

Like I said, try it for a month, take some notes on things you definitely can't do anything about, and give those to a trainer. All you need is about 2 hours with a trained and you can take what they reach you home and work out the kinks.

I am 100% sure you CAN do it by yourself. You just have to get out there and do it:)
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I know I can do it myself, I even have several experienced horsewomen helping me out as well. My only thing is its taking me sooo long to get a little progress and I feel like someone else can do it better.

Youtube and horse forums are my best friend :) Im still hoping to find horseback riding lessons. I think I might have found a place in my town too! Praying it all works out

And yes I have done join up. It worked wonders for my gelding back when he was still a recently mistreated colt. I swear he wouldn't be the puppy dog he is today if I hadn't done that. Never really made a difference for my mare though. I guess females are just more complex :)
     

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