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post #1 of 9 Old 08-21-2012, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Trainer Etiquette

I start young horses and have a client who wants to take her horse (3yr old, 2 mos. Under saddle) to another trainer once a week. She wants the horse to stay with me (full time) at the same time. How should I handle this?? The other trainer is good, but not specialized. Obviously I don't want to compromise the horses training, or get him frustrated and confused. Help??
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-21-2012, 12:40 PM
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What's the issue? If the horse's owner wants to utilize another trainer, that's their right.

If you have a problem with it, then you need to address that with the owner.

If you have done so and she still insists on taking her horse to the other trainer's, you have very few options unless you want to throw her horse off your property.

I think she's being very considerate for not pulling her horse out from under you completely, and being honest with what she's doing.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-21-2012, 12:47 PM
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Did she give a reason?
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There must be a reason for wanting to go to another trainer once a week. If you are truly concerned about it, talk to the owner and find out the reasoning. However, unless you have a contract with this owner stating that they cannot seek outside assitance, there is nothing you can do about this owner going to someone else when they want to.

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Seems a bit odd to me. I think you should have a talk with her and find out her reasoning, then its up to you to decide what to do. A horse with only 2 months under saddle is still at a very basic learninng level. If the person thinks you are maybe not doing something right you should know.
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I'd be asking what she expects to get from this other trainer that I'm not providing. I agree that taking a 60 day horse to a 2nd trainer is probably not a great idea but she's obviously thinking something is missing. It's got nothing to do with etiquette, it's all about customer service.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-23-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your help. The client's reasoning is that she wants to get as much as she can out of both trainers. She thinks the horse will learn faster and any possible 'holes' in either of our training methods will be taken care of by the other trainer. I have told her the horse will have more problems deciphering the different ways we each approach the task and therefore it will probably actually slow down the training process and possibly add too much frustration which will lead to defiance etc. She has decided to stay with me for 6 more months, then look at other options. I'm happy, for the horses' sake. Again thank you for the input!
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Glad she decided to stick with one trainer. The other way was bound to be confusing to the horse.

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I think it really depends on situation. Say, if I want to train my horse to jumping and dressage, I'd keep it with dressage trainer, and take to eventing trainer once/twice a week for jumping. However it's clearly not a case here.

Kvp, I'm glad it was resolved to the horse's advantage!

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