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    12-05-2013, 09:24 PM
Professional trainer advice

I have been training western horses for many years and have finally found a 3 year old colt that has tested my limits. I want to send him to a professional trainer but have never done it before. I'm wondering what a base cost would be give or take? Nothing special just getting the knuckle head out of him. Also what I should know about sending a colt to a trainer.
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    12-05-2013, 09:46 PM
Depends on the area, what you want the horse to be taught and the reputation of the trainer. I can find some weirdo on Craigslist who will "train" my horse for $200 a month and I can even send him off to someplace that will charge me about $3000 a month.
    12-05-2013, 09:51 PM
Really depends on your area. Here, for a decent trainer for any discipline, is $700 to $1000 per month, all decent trainers. I have seen a few for less but they don't come with good recommendations.
    12-06-2013, 04:23 PM
Considering it costs @4-500 to board for a month, Training for around 8-900 is reasonable.
    12-06-2013, 04:36 PM
As everyone has said, it varies greatly from area to area.

The biggest thing you should do is ask around. Find out who has a good reputation, treats their horses well, and has lots of clients. If a trainer has a waiting list, I consider that a good thing because it means he has a lot of clients and referrals. Don't be afraid to dish out some money for a trainer who has been recommended by people you trust.

Whichever trainer you decide, make sure you have a full conversation about what you expect the trainer to do, and what the trainer expects he/she will do. You don't want the client expecting one thing and it doesn't happen because it wasn't discussed. So make sure you know approximately how long the colt will need to be there to fix the issue (granted, it can vary as training progresses so you've got to have wiggle room), how much ground work the trainer will do versus actual "rides", what he will be fed, where he will be turned out or kept, what vaccinations do they require, etc. You also want to find a trainer who is OPEN to you dropping by any time to have lessons with your horse. Sure, the trainer can train the horse, but they need to train the rider too.
    12-06-2013, 09:57 PM
May I add REALISTIC expectations.
I work with a very accomplished trainer in the area in addition to my own business. The last horse I worked on with her was an untouched 12 year old Arabian. Now mind you...she was a nice mare. But 30 days is not a long enough time to be trail riding with a horse that had never had a hose on her before.

So, understand...your horse is not a superstar, most likely. Be realistic.

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