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post #61 of 68 Old 12-29-2008, 06:47 PM
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No, I do not have anyone who pays my bills for me. I take care of myself and I have trained horses for years. You don't have to show and win with "specialized" horses to make a living doing it either. A well rounded trainer will train show horses that win and also regular horses for the backyard rider. If every trainer dismissed customers who had a horse that would not win at a show, there would be lots of untrained horses out there. In my mind, a good trainer should be in it for the purpose of making good horses for anyone willing to pay the bill, not just people on the show circuit. It is wrong of them to laugh at training a horse that may not do perfectly at a show.

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How many horses do you train each month and is it your only source of income? Are you a Reining trainer? Cutter? WP? Exactly what? Around here the backyard/trail horse type trainer gets $450 to $500 a month. If you ride 8 horses at a time that's $4K a month. Figure its going to cost you no less then $150 a head a month to feed them your down to $2800 a month. Figure a morgage, pay labor to clean stalls unless your going to do it yourself after riding 8 horses every day and spending enough time with each one to do a good job of training that doesn't leave much to live on.
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I do agree they shouldn't laugh at the horse and said so.
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post #64 of 68 Old 12-29-2008, 08:07 PM
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No, training is not my only source of income right now but soon it may be. However, my Dad has trained horses professionally for about 40 years. He would take all horses from show horses specializing in reining, roping, working cow horse, western pleasure, and trail to horses that people just wanted to be able to ride around the house and problem horses that were headed for the killer pen. There was seldom less than 20 head at the barn at any given time and he could guarantee a broke horse in 30 days. For specialty training, it would take 60. He would show if you wanted. Unfortunately, he has had to slow down because he is getting older and was elected sheriff of his county. Trainers are a lot cheaper there. Here, you can find some that will charge between 750 and 800 per month but most are closer to 1000 just for basic training. We usually charge 650 per head and have plenty left over after expenses.

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So he trains 20 head at a time? If you spend an hour a day per horse sure doesn't leave any time for anything else figuring you have to eat and sleep.
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post #66 of 68 Old 12-29-2008, 08:54 PM
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It can be done if you know how.

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post #67 of 68 Old 12-29-2008, 09:16 PM
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So is winning the lottery.
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post #68 of 68 Old 12-29-2008, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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eh enough already!

This is now bordering on ridiculous. I hate to have to do it but I am going to lock my own thread. I have a bunch to say but I fear it will only make the thread disgress even further. Im horrified that people can be so worried about their rep that they wont take on a challenge. $2000 is the going rate here per month. If trainers are so hard up why not take on the extra money. After all, its my money im spending, not theirs

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