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.