Join Date: May 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Even with a professional trainer, it varies from horse to horse. I used the same trainer six or seven years ago for a very mean, stubborn gelding. He was there for two months and went from useless and possibly homicidal to a passably useable horse - he could be tacked up, ridden at a walk (and if you were lucky a trot), he would stop, back, and turn very well, but don't ask him to lope. I visited him at the trainer's facility numerous times and was very happy with his work - while he wasn't exactly a push-button horse at the end of it, he was useable when I would have given up on him.
This spring I took a halter-broke mare to the same guy. She was there for six weeks, and now she rides like a dream, stopping, spinning on hind or front, backing, sidepassing, walking, trotting, loping - she's still a little green, but he did more with her in those six weeks than I ever could have. Same trainer, two different results.
I know a couple others have already expressed concern about using a neighbour's daughter, so I won't harp on it, but I'd definitely advocate taking a horse to an experienced professional with good references.