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post #1 of 12 Old 12-04-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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How far is too far away for a good trainer?

How far would you drive for a good trainer? I had one six hours away.... it worked great for my horse but I was unable to learn with him. The couple we had closer I ran into an issue with one but I LEARNED sooo much more... he wasn't exactly in my discipline but trained similar on rein part, but my horse started weaving there... strange because i had eight months training prior. It would be wrong to say it was the trainer although it is possible. Perhaps the new place and different stressors. He worked fine there at first then got sour.

I have two other trainers 2 1/2 hours away but one is pro pro high push to win. This is great for the pros I want in between... the other rides and trains different for my ride style also very good.

I chose a discipline specific guy that really connected like a pro with my new horse. He is four hours away...I will be racking on the miles now.

NOT LOOKING for advice or trainer bashing I steer clear they all have something to offer. Just curious what others do... and how far you will go for a good trainer.

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-04-2013, 09:35 PM
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I wouldn't go nearly as far as you're willing to. 1 hour, tops. And it had better be a GOOD trainer to warrant the time and expense.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 07:17 AM
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Not sure how far I'd go, but my trainer/instructor is only 20 minutes down the road. I lucked out! And, the mare I have, I bought from her mother! Talk about a small world.
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 07:54 AM
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At our barn we have a few people who drive in from Toronto (about an hour), but honestly that would be about the limit for me. 6 hours? For coaching? There HAS to be something closer, especially if you're only looking for intermediate type stuff.

Make up a list of local facilities - visit, check it out, and hang out during some lessons and watch the coaching. It's free and should give you an idea if you feel what they offer is what you're looking for.

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 08:10 AM
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My life is too compactly packed already with life, dogs, house, husband and child commitments to even consider that length of drive.

I am currently using an instructor who comes to the arena 10 minutes down the road.

When Ukon was at a trainers for 8 weeks, she was 50 minutes drive away. I managed 4 visits there, but that was only achievable for me because I knew it was a temporary thing.

In July of next year I am planning on driving 5 hours to a weekend long sidesaddle clinic. But that's as much fun for me as training for the horse :)

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post #6 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 08:39 AM
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Luckily where I am instructors come by the bucketful. Mines ten minutes away. But if I had to I wouldn't go more than 1 (maybe 1.5- if they were exceptional) as my limit.

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post #7 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 09:10 AM
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I have done the 6 hrs one way thing and actually "commuted" to another state for training. I would go down on Tues and come home on Thurs. Did that for 2 years and at the end, went to a National competition and was so burned out I didn't even care how I rode. We did very well and the trainer was AMAZING but after Nationals, I brought everyone home and didn't ride for any reason for almost a year. During that 2 years I only rode for training and showing, didn't ride for my own pleasure even once. Now, I haul my horse around the corner (less than 10 mins) for a lesson every month or so and I love it. At this point, more that 20 mins one way is too far.

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post #8 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 09:51 AM
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I think my record is 6 and a half hours away one direction. It wasn't training for me, but for our rescue horse who needed a good trainer. We didn't see him as often as we would like but it was worth it. Now I won't go more than an hour out of my way for a lesson anymore haha. If you think the distance is manageable in terms of travel time, money, and gas then I say go for it. Many of my deciding factors have been these in choosing a trainer and probably about nine times out of ten there was someone locally who was great with me and my horses.
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 10:11 AM
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I currently drive 45 minutes - but I'm not trailering a horse with me. I don't know how far I would be willing to drive with a horse in tow.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-05-2013, 10:31 AM
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The farthest I could drive is the 20 minutes to the barn. Ah, the woes of not having a trailer, or a decent trainer willing to come to my barn

If I had a trailer? The longest for a regular lesson would probably be to a barn about 30 minutes (on a good traffic day) from my barn. Back when I boarded at a dressage barn I've trailered along with folks to the more horsey town an hour and a half away. I'd probably still do the occasional clinic there if I had a ride. I know of a few people that live in my city and board their horse there. I don't know how they do it. I'd be lucky to see my horse once a week if I had to! My old trainer used to trailer over there once a week for lessons back when she was really into showing. Don't know how I'd do that either, even with a trailer!
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