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post #11 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 12:37 PM
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I paid $1200 for 60 days and that included feed. I got completely ripped off, though. For THREE WEEKS of that time, the trainer had my mare hitched up with a bit. That's it! THREE WEEKS! I could have done that myself! That is just one of my complaints. I know how to train, but paying a trainer to help due to my lack of courage is worth $600 a month.... if they do their job! Harrumph. What a waist. lol
Wow what a rip! There are a few trainers here that do the same thing. One guy runs a big barn something 50 horses in training and the trainer is a successful working cow and reined cow competitor. I don't know much about that competitive world but he goes to Las Vegas and is in the top ranking. He charges about $1200 a month. All you have to do is go in the morning and you'll see what all these trainers are up to. At his barn there are 10 horses tied up and that is a big part of the program.
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post #12 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 12:39 PM
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I don't think it's a bad sign if someone only works with a few horses at a time it could mean they'll get more attention.
I agree completely with this. I think if a trainer is good no matter what they charge your horse is more likely to get more time with the trainer if the trainer has a low limit to the amount of horses they work with at a time, given that a good trainer may have a waiting list.

Personally I know I am not great but am experienced and hope that once I get some property I can take on 1-2 horses for training at a time, plus my own.

I hope it won't count against me if I do good work but won't take more than 2 at a time.....

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I have a few in mind so I will definately check them out before deciding to send my girls there. I would actually prefer someone who doesn't have a whole lot on their plate. This is my first time having to send my horses anywhere so someone who doesn't mind me being an annoying first timer might be best.
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most of my connections are in the chino valley area and the white mountains but I'll see if my aunt in Queen creek knows of anyone.
Great, thank you.
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Absolutely! I learned my lesson. One of the first questions I'm going to ask next time is how many horses they're currently training and ask if they are busy with giving riding lessons to people, too. You definitely don't want a trainer that bites off more than they can chew, which results in a hole in your pocket and an increased possibly of getting hurt when your horse comes home.
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I agree completely with this. I think if a trainer is good no matter what they charge your horse is more likely to get more time with the trainer if the trainer has a low limit to the amount of horses they work with at a time, given that a good trainer may have a waiting list.

Personally I know I am not great but am experienced and hope that once I get some property I can take on 1-2 horses for training at a time, plus my own.

I hope it won't count against me if I do good work but won't take more than 2 at a time.....

"All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and she'll listen to me allll day."
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I paid $1200 for 60 days and that included feed. I got completely ripped off, though. For THREE WEEKS of that time, the trainer had my mare hitched up with a bit. That's it! THREE WEEKS! I could have done that myself! That is just one of my complaints. I know how to train, but paying a trainer to help due to my lack of courage is worth $600 a month.... if they do their job! Harrumph. What a waist. lol
That's the kind of thing I'm afraid of. I have more money but my husband has only given me so much to spend on training so I could probably work out spending more for the right trainer. But if I got ripped off I wouldn't have a very happy hubby.
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My horse leaves next week for a 30 day tuneup and I'm paying $400 which includes pasture board. The price is quite low for my area but I know multiple people that have been thrilled with the work the trainer has done with their horse and the price is also lower because he's not training her for anything specific, just going to get her in shape and sort out why she has a crappy attitude about doing certain things.

Ask whatever trainer you choose for references. Having seen for myself the results this trainer achieved, makes me confident in choosing him, despite the low price.

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post #18 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 12:56 PM
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just for my own curiosity. Would you be more apt to go to some one who requires you to come so many hours and work with trainer and horse before the horse is sent back home to ensure the rider is satisfied and can work with the horse well before sending them home and there being a problem? I am thinking of adding this into my contract 1 to cover my butt and 2 because I actually care about horse and rider and both being happy and satisfied.

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post #19 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 12:57 PM
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Just reading the responses I realize there is one other thing to watch for and that is if the trainer doesn't want you coming around. A good trainer wants you to be part of it and will strongly encourage that you're there every day if possible to watch them working with your horse. I do know of another person who is a trainer and she never has many horses in training but she also doesn't want you coming around when she works your horse. She'll say that she can't know what time she'll work your horse to get out of it but that is nonsense if you're running a business then there is a schedule of work.
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I actually think that's a great idea. I will probably make sure that I can do that with whoever I end up choosing. But I'm not a trainer so I don't know what's normal.
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