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post #1 of 5 Old 02-12-2014, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Show and Trainer Etiquette

I have had my horse in training for 2 years and he has done very well for me in the show arena, but I wanted a few opinions about showing my horse on my own.

Basically, I would like to keep my horse at the trainers full time, but when it comes time to show I would like to show completely on my own. My trainer would be going to all of the same shows and I wanted some advise about doing the show circuit on my own. It will save me a lot of money, but I didn't want to offend my trainer.

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-12-2014, 10:08 AM
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Your trainer will understand. It's a huge monetary commitment to have them at your side all the show time. Usually your trainer will not completely disappear on you if they are at the show too, she just won't be giving you lessons or riding your horse for you. Doesn't mean she can't talk to you on a personable level not about your horse. (I assume this is what you meant by your post, correct me if I'm wrong)

As for showing on your own, I would just compile a list of things you will need and things that you do when you're at the show as there's so much that gets forgotten. It's nice when you can get a friend to help you out getting ready and with all your things, because it can be tough for one person. Totally doable though.

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post #3 of 5 Old 02-12-2014, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your reply. Yes you understood my question perfectly. I do have a couple experienced family members that love to go to the shows, so I will definitely use them .
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-13-2014, 10:25 AM
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Assuming you have all your own trailer, tack, feed, buckets, and stall cleaning equipment, your trainer might understand. If you intend to utilize any of that stuff from your trainer, even borrowing a manure pick, I can't imagine your trainer will be overly pleased.

That said, open communication is always your best bet. Keeping a horse in full training brings in more revenue than a handful of show day fees, so a wise trainer will likely "get over it" and take what they can get.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-13-2014, 01:40 PM
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If you're completely self sufficient- using your own transportation and equipment- then she will probably understand. Just explain that while you plan to continue lessons, that you would like to give flying solo at a show a try.
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