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post #1 of 14 Old 07-04-2012, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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What should I expect after 60 days of training?

Have a 6 yr old appendix who is greenbroke. Spent months with him before purchasing him and sending to a trainer to make sure he had no bad vices that would put anyone in danger.

The worst thing he did with me was crow hop at canter before trainer. He had a very choppy and rushed trot and I wanted these issues fixed.

Went for one month and the trainer asked for another month. I picked him up yesterday. What should I normally expect from 60 days of training a green broke horse. She was supposed to ride 6 days a week.

To be continued...........
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-04-2012, 05:03 PM
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that would depend on the horse and what you and your trainer discussed before hand.

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I wanted to smooth out his trot and work on his canter since he crow hops when cantering.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-04-2012, 05:07 PM
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Pretty much what Cowchick said. It really just depends on the temperment, age, mental abilities, and discipline you chose, as well as the abilities of the trainer.

Me? Assuming that my horse was mature and had good ground manners when sent to the trainer, I'd expect a quiet walk, trot, canter, and woah. Maybe a bit of lateral flexion or circle work, if the animal was a fast learner. Not much else. 60 days isnt long enough to train a green horse to use itself really well or to refine any of its gaits much.
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That's a good question for the potential trainers that you are considering...because all of the answers will be somewhat different, and all will have to be precluded with "it depends on your horse and what it can handle both physically, mentally and emotionally."

Each trainer can give you some goals that he/she will be trying to accomplish with your horse in 30 days, but that's all it will be is a projection, if the trainer is honest with you. Now, if/when you do decide on a trainer, make it part of the deal that you see him ride your horse, show you what it can do, and you ride the horse for the first time with your trainer watching and helping...and this I would insist on doing at your place, not at the trainers place.

If this last part of the deal scares off the trainer, then you need to keep looking for another trainer.
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Did you have any chance to go and watch lessons or take an occasional ride on your horse while he was in training? That is by far the best way to gauge your horses progress...

I put a horse in training three hours from my house, and I didn't go and ride, or watch the lessons - my mistake as the horse I got back wasn't improved enough to justify the money spent... and it was my fault - the trainer didn't ride him that often once she figured I wasn't invested in his training. She had him 90 days (at 700. a month), and to be honest I wasted the money...

The important thing is though, how does he work for you? Do you feel your money was well spent - does it look like he is more responsive? Relaxed at the gaits? Have more body control? That's what I would hope for after 60 days.

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I think you can expect a better broke horse…but being better broke doesn't mean he'll match your riding ability or that you can handle him, just means he'll be better broke.
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Regardless of what the trainer did, anything that can be trained can also be untrained. Hopefully your trainer showed you how to stay on top of your horse's training.

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Here was his issues that I sent to the trainer prior to starting.

* Strengthening of rein and leg aids
* Learning leg yields
* Slowing down trot and canter
* Working on steering
* He tends to fall in at the shoulder
* Strengthening pivot or turns on the forehand
* More relaxed headset
* puts head down when riding to scratch often
* Has crow hopped before coming out of canter
* Has an issue with his one ear being touched. Just pulls away
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Some of those issues are things you, as a rider, will need to learn how to fix while riding.
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