Interesting post I tuned in to this one, good topic! I have yet to form a true opinion and while I have worked with numerous trainers and worked towards a goal, I just started showing on a higher level.
The first trainer I picked talked about rewarding a horse, stopped them and let them relax if they did well, gave a standard pat on the rump (scientifically this is not a reward to a horse, scratching is). He had been to world, rode horses like one, horses did work well for him, and they gave some heart. Great clinics, training and lessons. His horses still seemed to lack the personality our horses do, but we spend a lot of time scratching, letting them play in the pasture, trail ride. He has mainly pro caliber horses obviously and ours are not at that level. My Mom sent her show pony to training there and the trainer when we went for a clinic said, "she is a great horse, a real athlete, but she isn't as friendly as your other horses, less personality I was surprised." My Mom walked in horses eyes went from dull to sparkly and she picked her head up.... total change over. My mom since switched from NRCHA to cutting trainer. He also said "Wow, she totally changes under you." (Said to my Mom) "She is soft, relaxed, and really working for you! I have to admit I have never seen such a team before she works better under you then me!" This is a pro guy and I see it myself.
Me: I LOVE the same beginning pro NRCHA trainer I talked about, but he was such a haul to take lessons from. Horses are my babies and I want a bond. I researched a nothing young, very good trainer making waves. I loved the barn, his learn and work with different personalities, and he seemed a perfect match for my new sensitive show filly. I took a lesson before using him on my gelding. He hopped on my gelding and asked me to hold his prize, placing, show mare. She was like who are you? Can you scratch me? Hi!!!!! I was taken back! This was not what I learned to expect from a trainers horse, holy cats!!!!
So I left my sensitive scared filly I basically rescued there. When I took her home she was like hi Mom!!! Scratch me! Where we going! Also, trained beyond what I expected, soft, there, and eager to learn. I took a gamble on the trainer. End of year I looked at his show record thinking I chose the low and new trainer no one knows wonder how he did? GUESS what? I almost fell over, the younger training 80% of time beat the previous trainer I used and other old time top dogs!!!! Does personality plus help? From my small sample!!!! YES!!!!!
Last edited by Nell J; 01-13-2014 at 02:38 AM.