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post #1 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Not sure how to ask a trainer

I hope this is in the right spot. Sorry if it isn't.

I'm not sure the right way to say that I'm looking for a trainer, but I only really want them to come out maybe once, just to give their evaluation of how my horses behave and give a few pointers on how to move forward with them.

Is there a name for that kind of service?

I don't want to hire someone to do 30/60/90 days with any of them, ride them, give me lessons, anything like that. Just an outside opinion of where we stand.

Is that a thing that trainers even do?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 12:13 AM
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For most trainers it wouldn't be worth their time. And what would you do if they thought you needed training / lessons / etc? Are you at least OPEN to working with the trainer you have out to evaluate you?

You might be better off to look for some clinics in your area.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 12:13 AM
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I call it a lesson! lol Some trainers might. I know my dressage instructor comes out to me and my horse now but before I just had her out once or twice to evaluate us and point us in the right direction. If a trainer won't come out see if you can get a lesson of some sort! Good luck! :)
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 12:16 AM
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Heck, just start calling around to reputable trainers in your area. The worst they can do is say "no". Most the trainers I know (myself included) would gladly come out to do an eval on a horse and offer advice.

Myself, if I thought the risk of injury was minimal, I might even ask to step onto the horse just to see what they felt like. After all, when it comes to horses, seeing what they are doing and being able to feel firsthand what they are doing are completely different things LOL.

Be prepared for a small (or maybe not so small) fee though. After all, when you're training horses, time is money and if you have to spend 1-5 hours away from the barn, that's 1-5 hours of training time you're losing.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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I would love to have a trainer all of the time. I'd much prefer it. That's just not in our budget to be a constant expense.
I think calling around may be my best bet.
Maybe I can set up something quarterly, or every six months?
Just to have a more experienced set of eyes on us every once in a while.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 03:30 AM
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I'd call that a lesson too, some English riders might call that a coach. To me it's still a trainer as they are training you and the horse.

Just call people, many 'coaches' would be willing as you will need some pointers past their eval, and so future lessons.

Just call people and let them know you would like some help.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 03:44 AM
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If you have a means to transport your horse, you might have better luck than having a trainer come to you. You would have more time involved with taking your horse there but the trainer would probably be more willing to do a lesson or session with you.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 08:38 AM
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I'd call someone, probably mainly a riding instructor rather than a horse trainer and tell them what you want.

I'd explain that you have your own horse, and you want to make progress but can't afford regular lessons. That you'd like the instructor to come out, evaluate your level and give you exercises to work on at home to help achieve your goal. Then have them out quarterly or so, when you've mastered the exercises.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much.
I'm sure I'll be able to find someone now that I know what I'm asking for :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-10-2013, 05:49 PM
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Sounds like a consultation.

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