Training for the horse
I am thinking getting into western competition. My horse has been bosal trained but never had any formal training for western events. So I understand that he would need to be trained before I can think of learning myself how to do it as the rider. He already has a natural low headset with a lovely slow western jog. He comes from mostly reining and western pleasure bloodlines. So my question is how is the best way to select a trainer for your horse? and how long should the horse normally be at the trainers. I have contacted a trainer that was recommended by a friend and he tells me he needs a minimum of 4 weeks to educate him in the western. Does this sound like a normal length of time? I have never sent my horse away to be educated before so I don’t want to make a mistake with this.
Any ideas would be great. This is the horse I will be using.
30 days is nothing.
You can go to a show and look for the trainers who have clients that are doing well, have happy horses, and seem to be having fun. Depending on the level you want to show and compete at, you may look in to putting your horse in full training until you feel comfortable either putting it in partial or bringing it home and hauling in for lessons.
The best way to choose a good trainer is to look at their finished horses- is that what you want your horse to be trained like? Is the trainer gonna be working with you and the horse?
Three to four weeks is normal and is enough to get your horse started showing.
Thanks for the info. I think I have found the right one for my horse. The trainer will also coach me both during and after my horse's training. I am looking forward to doing the Western events. I am thinking Western Pleasure or Western Horsemanship but time will decide which is the right one for us.
Three to four weeks is really nothing. That's not enough time for a trainer to do a good job without cutting corners. At the end of 30 days is when your horse may hit a wall, and that's when you'll need the trainer to help you out.
Putting patterns on horses takes time as well. It's asking for a really broke horse and you will need coaching so that you learn to ride your horse both on the rail and on the patterns.
I'm just saying: Don't put unreasonable expectations on your trainer/horse.
To get one going from start to ready to show is going to take closer to a year.
Western Pleasure is far more than just riding a horse decked out in western saddle, and that takes time with a trainer.
But 4 weeks? That doesn't even begin to start.
If you plan to show, you need to find a trainer that does Paints, as I am guessing this horse is that? And is it registered?
I remember there was an old guy on TV being interviewed for something totally nonhorse related, but it came up that he used to ride and start colts.
The interviewer asked the guy "just how long does it take you to train a horse?"
The old guy replied "It takes about 10 years but most people gave me three months"
He is a Paint and registered. The trainer I have decided on trains mostly QH's and Paints so I think we are in good hands.
He and I are going to need some regular coaching. I am hoping to enter some novice events by the middle of next year if he learns to lope well.
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