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GallopingGuitarist 01-31-2013 05:49 PM

Trainers in Saskatchewan
For anybody in SK or who knows people in SK. I will be looking for a professional trainer for Ruby in a year or so. What are some names to look up? Also, I know of some trainers that favor geldings over mares (some, so much so that they won't touch a mare, or do the owner a bad deal), Ruby is a mare and not 'color'. Obviously I can't have a trainer that dislikes mares.

I could do the training myself, but after putting on the first 6 rides or so, I have no idea what direction to take them in or what specific things to work on.

I live in south-eastern SK, but might be looking into the Melville/ Yorkton area. She is currently (well, will be after mid march) north of Preeceville. So any of those areas would be ideal. But, just any names would be helpful!
I don't care if it's english or western.

Thank you!

LisaG 01-31-2013 08:03 PM

Clifford Elliott would be very good, I think. I took a colt-starting clinic with him last spring. He lives near Paynton, which isn't really in your area, but he still might be worth checking out. He starts colts and I think he trains cutting horses, too.

He certainly takes mares (and personally, I wouldn't be too impressed with a trainer that doesn't. I mean, really).

There are probably others on, etc..., but I haven't really seen them work firsthand.

GallopingGuitarist 01-31-2013 09:14 PM

I'm not, and never will be, impressed with trainers who don't like mares. A horse, is a horse, is a horse. End of story.
I've met two different trainers that didn't like mares (and guess what, they turned out to be friends...). I had a bay filly given to me, because this 'trainer' wouldn't touch her because "she was a mare, and wasn't color'. His friend,(who was the first trainer that I had heard of not liking mares), ripped off two my friends pretty badly. First off telling them that their mares were junk (but he liked their geldings from the same breeding stock), and then letting the one mare go in a sale for way less then the minimum they had set.

Breezy2011 01-31-2013 09:25 PM

Shauna Getz, she specilizes in reining and cow stuff, but will also train barrel racing, english stuff, driving, and a lot of other stuff, she is in between Birsay and Lucky Lake. She is a breeder, trainer and showing. Here is her website: Whitby Farms If i was getting my horse trained by someone else, I would go to her.

GallopingGuitarist 01-31-2013 09:31 PM

She doesn't take anything over 4 years old. Ruby will be 6 when I get her trained.

Breezy2011 01-31-2013 09:36 PM

O sorry, I didn't know how old your mare is. I would train her for you! Lol. My friend (graduated) is started to get into training horses, but I don't know if she is training horses for other people, other then herself. She is helping me ground train my filly, when I need her, but I am breaking and training her myself.

GallopingGuitarist 01-31-2013 09:54 PM

Well, like I said, I could do the ground training and initial breaking myself, but I don't know where to go from there.
What are your opinions about Dale Clearwater, Terry Douglas, Cain Quam,Tyler Quam, Willow Ridge Stables, Tyler Darroch?

I just searched trainers in SK... Have you heard about any of them? Good or bad?

Breezy2011 01-31-2013 09:58 PM

Willow Ridge is apparently good, but there have been horse viruses or desieses going through there a lot. And with Shauna Getz, she said colts to be started... I am not sure if that is meaning any horse, or just horses to be started, as you are starting your mare yourself...

I have heard of Cain and Tyler Quam, and I was actually thinking of going to some of there clinics, as I hear they are pretty good, I haven't heard of the others though.

GallopingGuitarist 01-31-2013 10:07 PM

I should have mentioned Ruby's age in my first post. Sorry about that.
If I do send Ruby to a trainer I would want them to break her and then train her, I was always under the impression that trainers prefer to take the colts/green horses unstarted, so there aren't training conflicts.

I've seen Dale Clearwater ride a lot at the Agribition. He tends to have/show/sell the higher selling horses in the Ranch horse show and sale. On his site he said that he likes to start long yearlings and young two year olds... 'so you have more time to get them ready for futurities'.. Kind of put up a red flag for me there. A lot of these names I mentioned are guys who take horses, train, and show them.
We'll see. If I get lessons, maybe it won't be a problem to start my mare and then train her with supervision and advice.

LisaG 01-31-2013 10:24 PM

Yes, I don't really like the trend of starting long yearlings either, but it seems to be very prevalent. Since your horse is older, you won't need to worry about that, though.

I'm pretty sure Clifford takes older horses, too. Last spring there was a woman in my clinic who also had an older (and very saucy) mare he was retraining. I believe you may have to leave the horse with him for three months minimum, but that's probably the case with all the trainers we're talking about here.

I have heard of the trainers you mention, and watched some of their colts/older horses at Agribition, but I don't actually know anyone who has had their horses trained by them (I'm in a totally different part of the province).

Are there any community pasture guys in your area that start colts? Some of them are good. I'm hoping to send one of my young horses to one of our local community pasture guys next spring (sort of a long story, but my Dad and I ended up with three young ones. I've started two, but now am working too much to really get the third one going and progress with the others).

Are you planning to show or compete, or are you looking more for a ranch horse? The foundation should be the same either way, but it might influence who you choose.

You might be able to start him on your own...I guess if you're thinking about it, I would recommend taking a colt starting clinic with someone. By the end of the clinic, you should know if you're prepared. Plus you will probably be able to take lessons with the clinician.

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