Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: An hour north of Dallas, Texas in Texas Horse Country!
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I can see this reply from trainers who earn their living at world-level Quarter Horse shows because every client and horse is either going to help them rise even further and promote their business, or not. And at this level, although it's discouraging, they rarely work with horses they don't see as pretty likely high-placers (without too much work).
I've had high-level trainers tell me that I shouldn't spend my money having them train a horse because the horse isn't going to do well enough to justify the expense. I know it's offensive sometimes, but I'm finally at the point where I appreciate the honesty. Sometimes they call me and tell me to pick up the horse in 60 days, and sometimes it stays there a year. My favorite trainer (who is consistently at the top in AQHA and NRHA) says that if every month's training bill isn't going to add twice that amount, in value, to my horse, then he won't keep it there. That pretty much always happens during the first 90 days, but after that, it's a 'business decision.'
I actually respect him more for his advice because he keeps turning out to be right. Even when I am very hopeful that a horse can do more than he thinks, he seems to be right every time. He has a much better eye and a more 'business-like' attitude than I do at times. So sometimes I swallow my pride and move on ... and try to learn from the experience and refine my own judgment and eye as well.
But if you're not working with trainers at the very top, they should indeed be able to work with almost any horse you bring them, and they should be willing to school you as well, as your horse advances. It sounds like you have found just the right person. Congrats!
Keep us posted and good luck. Have fun!!
A North Texas Herd of Registered Texas Longhorns and FAR too many AQHA Western Pleasure and Reining Horses ...