Choosing a trainer
I have decided to send Romeo off to a trainer for 2 weeks or so in Oct as I will not be able to ride him, and to help me establish that right canter lead.
I just have a few questions at how you choose who you send your horse to.
I went to one lady who's half an hour away from where I live, she seemed really knowledgable, had a horse that had won nationals and what not.
I saw her ride and really liked her riding style, she was light with the hands and no jerky business.
I liked how she handled the horse on the ground and would be stoked if my horse could go there.
She also had the natural horsemanship approach was an English/western rider.
The only thing was, when I rode her horse, I couldn't really get it do anything I wanted....
I felt like a complete noob, he had he's nose sticking out, kept falling in, just wasn't listening.
Now my questions is what if that happens when I get my horse back? What if she's trained him completely different to how I ride?
She said that after the 2 weeks or however long it will take I get a free lesson, but like what if I have to re learn how to ride...
There's another place I would love to send him to buts its nearly 2 hours away, I have had a lesson with her before as she came down to my adult riders club.
She breeds and trains warmbloods, she offers her training services as well to others.
She rides and competes only English as well.
I haven't been to this place as its so far away.
What would you do?
So I didn't relize there was a horse trainer section in the forum... Could a mod either move this or is it alright here?
The best thing to do would be to look at all of your options, and talk it through with each trainer. Do you have a riding instructor that could give you a recommendation or maybe pop some training rides onto Romeo?
Just a note - a good trainer trains both the horse and rider as a team.
Sending your horse to training and not having a few lessons while at the trainers to help you better understand each other isn't going to help as much as you would think.
I would speak to the trainer you like and see if taking lessons with your horse after 2 weeks solid training is an option. It will help build you both up and bring you closer together as a horse/rider team.
I think my first stop would be to sit down with that first trainer since you like how she rides and she's closer. Discuss the cues that she gives and how she gets the correct response from her horses and ask her what you might have been doing differently on her horse to get such a bad result.
Then, once you've got that hashed out, that might solve your problem altogether if it was some little something you were doing. If not, you might ask if she'd be willing to train your horse using the cues that you already know and are comfortable/confident with. A good trainer shouldn't have any trouble training a different set of cues than they're used to.
I think I will have to have a sit down with her or something to ask about her aids, but then they shouldn't be that different, I never ridden a completely educated horse before like that, I think he just knew I wasn't as experienced...
I'm just awaiting some references from the First Lady, will ask these people what they think of her as well.
And I want he gone for 2 weeks or so, I'm having an op and after it the doctor said bed rest, I don't really want to get worse so I'm having bed rest, if I don't end up sending him to training I'm going to spell him for 2-3 weeks just so I don't have to look after him and I can get the bed rest needed.
Also with the first trainer I did ask if I was feeling up for it, if I could just randomly pop in and see Romeo, she said as long as she got a msg before there would be no problems.
Good luck to you Redtree in your search!
I'm surprised that there isn't an option to take lessons with the trainer you are thinking about sending your horse to.
When you put a horse in full care/training with a professional, that usually includes at least one lesson a week.
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