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post #31 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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There is actually one guy that I would prefer to train my horses. He is a family friend of my sister in law and her husband and lives just down the street from them. He has already trained one of their horses and is always available if they have questions or need help. The problem is he has not been very reliable for me. We have spoken several times and he agreed to work with our horses and told me not to worry about the money, I could pay him whenever I got it. That was a couple months ago and he has only been over once. He is always making comments to my brother in law that he still plans on working with them as they go riding together all the time, but nothing ever comes of it. I plan on offering the money up front to him first with the understanding that my horses will be worked with on a regular basis. But if that falls through I need to have something lined up before it gets too hot here, the summers here are brutal.
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post #32 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 02:14 PM
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You like someone and then they're unreliable - bummer
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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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post #34 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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The $1000 my husband is allowing me to spend was based on how much the guy we wanted had charged my sister in law which was $300 for 30 days since it is basically a hobby for him. Professionaly he is a mounted police officer. So we were hoping for the two horses for 60 days he would take $1000, especially since he lives close enough that we wouldn't need to board our horses at his house, he is literally a five minute walk. We also love that he will always be around if we have any questions.
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post #35 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by horsplay View Post
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.
Who is a good trainer in the White Mountains? That is where I live!

I have a friend who lives in Queen Creek, who has used this trainer to start one of her horses and really likes him:

Certified Equine Training | Steve Sikora | Horse Training

I'm not sure what he charges by the month though. If you contact him (and I've called him and talked to him, he's a really nice guy!), I would suggest calling him. For some reason he never got my email and he was genuinely concerned that he didn't get it. So when I didn't hear back from him I called him and spoke to him about helping me with the ground manners on my colt. So anyway, that would be someone close by for you to look into.
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post #36 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 11:20 PM
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OP, Sorry my aunt said she didn't know of anyone, she lives in a horsey neighborhood but doesn't have any. sorry thought she might have a neighbor or something.
hey trailhorserider, there used to be a guy in Snowflake who taught horse classes at the college his name is Dutch. He was only taking on a few at a time because he's "no spring chicken" last time I saw him but he is amazing! He studied with the Spanish schools in Spain and did both English and Western.

My little sis has a friend or two youngsters who have broke a few horses but not sure how good they are. I also know some ropers friends who might be willing to take on a project horse given the right price. Sadly I moved and am in NM other wise I would say ME! :)

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post #37 of 39 Old 02-22-2011, 11:43 PM
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Honestly the price to me depends on the area that you are in and the level of the trainer. If you have a grand prix level trainer, I would expect it to be in $4k a month range.

But for a regular trainer, I would expect it to be board plus their time. In my area board is $250 for crap, up to $800 for the fanciest. However you can get great care in the 350 range, so allow $400 for board, then their time training, how much training daily? I would expect about $800-1000 a month.
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post #38 of 39 Old 02-23-2011, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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horsplay - No worries, thanks anyway.
trailhorserider - That guy is actually really close to me, I'll have to check him out , thanks.
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post #39 of 39 Old 02-23-2011, 11:20 AM
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Around here you would be looking at $600 to $800 per month for basic training (i.e. the horse isn't a suicidal maniac).

As for whether people should be around for training, I think it depends on the situation. Some people just want their horse to establish the basics - walk, trot, canter and I think it is fine to just send the horse off for a month or two without the owner having to be present. At the end of the training they can have some one on one time with the trainer/horse to make the transition smooth when the horse returns home.

Others that send their problem horses off for training I think should be prepared to have more involvement as more often than not, it is user error rather than the horse truly having problems of its own.

I had a beautiful paint pony sent to me over summer as he was a so-called 'problem pony'. The owner just used him for pleasure riding and was terrified of him after a fall or two. That pony was an angel. Go anywhere, do anything and never put a foot wrong with me. After a couple of weeks trying different situations to see if the pony would misbehave (he didn't) I spoke to the owners parents (she was a young girl) and advised them that the pony was not in need of training but that they might consider lessons for the pair of them, rather than just training for the pony. I know that situation doesn't apply to you Whisper, just using it as an example.

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