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post #1 of 6 Old 03-29-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Update on my horse being trained...

I can't find my original post but here is an update on my horse going to a trainer....my horse is a 7 year old and was a lesson horse...students were basically on him just,to ride, they were always in his mouth and he was always in charge...

I left him with a trainer/friend/farrier.....he is definitely a lot different...he basically went to equine boot camp..he needed a major attitude adjustment and he got it....I also am very aware that I also have to keep him in line or he will go right back to the way he was....he is much more respectful of me....he was not allowed to get away with anything and he got worked when he tried so he has learned it is easier to mostly behave than act up...after purchasing him LAST June I have finally been able to go on three 2-4 hour trail rides....that helped me a lot...we pretty much encountered almost everything you could imagine during those three rides and he did great.....he was there 3 months..

Ok for the advice part if taking your horse to a trainer....even though my horse is MUCH better there were times that i was a little distressed and kind of,felt stuck......1.BEFORE you take him/her toa trainer check out where he is going....I did not and the pasture was pretty much red clay and the fencing was barb wire...which I hate....when I went over there I saw some pieces of his hair all over the fence....he was in with other horses that I knew knothing about...

2 MAKE SURE your trainer is the ONLY person riding him....my horse,turned out to me the main horse for everyone to ride...in the neighbor hood and the trainers family....every time I went over there I heard about someone else riding him.....yes he was getting exposure to stuff on the rides but he had already been there and done that with all the kids on him...YOU and the trainer should be the only ones riding him...my opinion...

3... Find out how long,the training MAY take approximately....
4..make sure,the trainer is going to train you on what he has taught
Your horse....
5..set up a schedule for you to visit your horse or watch him train if he is ok with that....p

I am probably missing some other ideas but the main one is to make sure you and he are the only ones riding your horse....I have heard also of trainers using customers horses as lesson horses while you are not only paying him but so is,the student for him using your horse....of,course,they don't all do that but make sure your trainer isn't......the last day my horse was there I had found out he was taken on an 8 hour trail ride and I or the,trainer was not the person riding him....I had been there the day before and rode him on a 4 hour ride....shouldn't I had been the one to ride,him or even been asked if,he could be taken on one,that long....I was pretty mad.....enough to where I went and picked him up the next day.....but yes....he is MUCH better but the conditions were not the best in my opinion....but he is now home and I guess,that is all that matters.....
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Hmm, hope he didn't charge you much - some friend!
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I have two questions:
What were you charged for the 3 months he was there?
How experienced were the 'other' riders?

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Having the horse again ridden by other riders may have been proof that his training was working and would work for you.
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He actually did not charge me anything because he knew I didn't want to put more money into him...after he had shod him he wanted to work with him because he taught he was a really good horse for me but needed to be taught he wasn't the boss anymore.....

He was always on the trail ride when someone else was riding him, I really think it was more his family pressuring him to ride my horse...his,daughter told me she wanted to buy him....he did really help me get my confidence back even though I did not like the way some situations were handled....

I sure have learned a lot through all this and boy do I know what to look for when buying a horse.....it is a long hard process if you want the right horse....especially if your confidence had been set back....

My friend and I took him on a trailering lesson this past Friday and it was a lot of help....you are miles ahead by making sure your horse is comfortable being trailered BEFORE you go on a trail ride or show.....it takes ALOT of patience and time....it is not fair to the horse for you to not be prepared ahead of time and rush your horse to get on a trailer because you did not prepare,ahead of time...
We loaded and unloaded him about 5 different times at different places and went to lunch for him to be in the trailer during that time...I also needed to get comfortable with driving a trailer again too....I feel much better about trailering him....PLEASE whatever you do.....drive slow when pulling a trailer and slow down way before you stop and take off slowly....I have a couple of friends that drive like a bat out of hell when pulling a trailer....I feel so sorry for their horses.......
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Oh, well, bit of a different story than it originally sounded. I'd also ask what agreements had you made regarding his training the horse, or did you just let it all happen? If that's the case, then I wouldn't be blaming the guy, just learn what not to do next time
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