08-06-2009, 03:08 PM
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I have never used a professional trainer but my Dad used to be one. It really depends on where you live and how many trainers are around that area. Just a few years ago, Dad would charge $450 a month for feed and training, now he charges $650 to $700 a month and his horses are generally ready to go and almost as broke as they can get within a month or 2. However, I have a friend in Amarillo that sent his gelding to a trainer for 30 days and paid $1000 just to get a horse back that had never been out of the roundpen, wouldn't stop, and wouldn't turn....................... go figure. The trainer told them "Ride him in the round pen for another 30 days before you take him out" and it took all of about 3 rides for the horse to start bucking my friends wife off (she is a better rider than he is). So he asked that I go out and ride him a couple of times. Boy, does he need a new trainer that will ride the piss out of him every day for about 3 months. He lays on the bit, doesn't give at all, is sluggish to cues, and when I got on him, he had no cue for forward movement, zero stop, pulls against the bit when you tighten one rein and ask for the turn, and had a real bad habit of veering the other way.
Sorry, that story has no real purpose except to show that you need to be careful where you send a horse.