I would suggest you make sure you know how many rides per week you are getting for the price, also, and approximately how long they are. Some ride only a 3-4 times a week, others 5-6, and there is a difference.
If I read correctly, you only have $1000 for BOTH horses training? That will not get you very far, IMO. The trainers I know run around $900/mo, 5 rides/week. They encourage you to be around, also. I was lucky to happen to find one who is actually a judge in his discipline for $500....that was a total fluke.
You might be able to get one who has an apprentice type person working with them......perhaps that would be less $$.
When mine was in training last summer, we actually had one tied while another was being ridden...then that one would get ridden and another would come in and get tied....accomplishes 2 things, and we could tie them in the indoor.....then we taught them ground tying when they were being groomed. I was fortunate enough to be there daily, and actually helped bring in, groom, etc.....otherwise the trainer even had to get the mud off himself, a waste of his time, IMO.
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