Sorry to be a little late on this, anyway, SO glad you had fun! My trainer did include one lesson a week with the training fee….on my horse. When I rode theirs it was more. As far as take-you will find that different trainers have different "favored" brands. Some are Jim Taylor fans, some Bobs, and some are other makes(Leddy, Ryon, Continental…). For starting out, I had a Rocking R reiner I bought used. Loved that saddle. Upgraded to a Textan and HATED it. So did my horse. Then upgraded to a used Bob's-LOVE it. Love the deep pocket and the narrow twist for ladies available on some models. I am also addicted to Balding Bits and Yucca Flats saddle blankets.
WHere did you decide to go? I am back in Va for the bulk of the winter…..hmmmmm….