Training budget vs ideal goals
So, I have been wondering about training dollars or budget, if you will.
What does the budget get someone or how does it helps them in their chosen discipline and if they feel it is/was worth it.
There are quite a variety of ways to get information, or train a horse, or train oneself these days.
There are TV shows, internet clubs, trainer in a box, sending a horse to a trainer, go and take lessons on a lesson horse, taking lessons on one’s own horse, or having a trainer teach your horse separately and give lessons to both of you, colt starting, driving, and many others I’m sure I’m failing to mention.
I am curious how horse people feel your training dollars/budget are working for you and the value you think/feel you are getting out of it.
Are you reaching your goals for yourself or your horse? Are they worth what you are paying or have paid?
If you feel comfortable mentioning how much you spend a month for lessons on “ABC” or particular discipline, feel free to mention it. Likewise, if you spent “X” amount for however many DVD’s to address whatever your issue or training need was. Or you sent your horse to a trainer to be taught “ABC” and it worked (or not.)
If you don’t feel comfortable mentioning amounts spent then feel free not to.
There are no right or wrong answers and all disciplines are welcome, just as all training or teaching methods are welcome. I’m hoping for people’s input regardless of the genre.
Please, no bashing! This is not about comparing anyone’s methods or style so I‘m not interested in hearing “this trainer‘s” way is better than “that trainer‘s” way.
I know some may have strong opinions on things, but I’m hoping this can be more of a constructive way to share the value people feel or think they are getting out of how they choose to go about solving their training needs. Whatever those needs are.
Lastly, there is nothing wrong with my horse, I am not after anything specific or trying to solve any problem.
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Mine is an odd example, but here you go…
Years ago, one place I worked at was an eventer and dressage stable. They didn’t give traditional lessons per say and didn’t have lesson horses, but trained horses and their owners for trials and events as well as maintaining their own competition horses.
In addition to running the barn, I rode the horses for warm up, off day boredom prevention, basics, and some ring work so the trainer could focus more on the core training of the horses and her clients. Plus we traveled to various events.
Eventually I wanted to take things a little further in dressage, but did not own a horse that could do dressage or eventing, nor could I afford one. A particular client was not able to ride or take lessons during the week because of her college schedule, but agreed to let me take dressage lessons on her horse in exchange for me giving her horse extra work during the week (on my own time) beyond the lessons. Sort of a lease I guess you could say.
I paid my boss for her dressage lesson time by spit polishing her tack to show ring ready status each week.
Overall I feel I got a huge value for my input which was time instead of money.