First, let me say I am 100% new to reining. Before my riding break I was 100% devoted to training and running barrel horses. They are all I've owned and shown. When I was younger we would often give our barrel horses a mental break by hauling them to a penning or sorting and that's when my passion for those few horses I met with who could turn on a dime so gracefully began.
Skip forward a few years. I'm back into training and riding. I was provided the amazing opportunity to own a well bred, wonderful mare who just has potential seeping from her pores. So I decided then and there that I'd see her through as far as she enjoyed going. I have found a few local, recommended trainers with the set up and experience to get her started on the basics. She just turned 4 and is finishing up her growing and will be ready to start her finish work in the fall as far as backing goes. I've picked a trainer that I think can get her on the right track, but I don't know how far the girl can take her with her experience.
So I've been in the very early stages of thinking of hiring someone down the line to take my mare to a higher level if she shows the potential and heart for it like she has so far in everything else she's done. So my questions are, does anyone have experience with hiring a trainer to show your horse on the road? What were those experiences like? What were some of the conditions to the agreement?
Any and all advice is welcome. Even brutal honesty or opinions.