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post #11 of 20 Old 12-12-2015, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I am going to try and take off work some so I can go and see him work him. I know my lessons start in the third week of training. But will go out every chance I get. Thank you!
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-13-2015, 05:30 AM
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do go out , do not be intrusive, watch. If you notice your trainer being excessively whip , or spur happy, on whatever horse is being ridden at the time, odds are, same thing is happening to your horse. Also look , don't touch, at the other horses there. Tore up mouths / put up with saddle marks ? look at the condition, body and feet of all the horses being trained.
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post #13 of 20 Old 12-14-2015, 12:55 AM
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Sounds like so far this is a good experience for you AWESOME!

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post #14 of 20 Old 12-14-2015, 12:57 AM
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You should go so you can see what and how he is working with your horse you will get more out of your lesson with the trainer
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post #15 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 09:57 PM
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I just got my mule back from the trainer, during that time I was there every day that I was in town. (I travel full time). That way I could see how he handles and cues her so that I can continue with the same cues and not cause confusion.

I even trailered my other mule over and we went out together for a ride, great for my new mule as my bombproof older gal gave confidence to the younger mule.

It is up to the trainer though. Personally I would not use a trainer that didn't want me around or encourage me to be there to observe.
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post #16 of 20 Old 12-18-2015, 11:17 PM
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I go several times a week, not to watch the trainer but to ride my own horse. We have talked about what's most convenient for her, whether she prefers I call first (she doesn't) and where I should ride when she's not there or working in certain areas. I get the added bonus of being about the only one that does visit, so often my trainer and I are able to spend time chatting about what she's learning about my horse so that I can work more effectively with her myself.

Just make sure you understand how to stay out of the trainer's way while he's working other horses and I'd imagine there should be no problem seeing your horse whenever you wish.
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post #17 of 20 Old 12-21-2015, 12:27 PM
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The trainer is under your employment so you do have the right to check on the progress at anytime, however I would suggest once or twice a week. If your trainer allows visitation I would recommend this over a phone call. You will learn more by seeing the horses progress and how the trainer handles the horse than you will from a phone call.

I update my clients on a weekly basis either by email or phone depending on the clients preference & allow them to visit anytime during a training session.
In the beginning days I do request they no physical contact with the horse, but after the foundation training and I feel a horse is safe I will encourage client participation. Client participation is an important part of being successful with the horse once they take it home.

Best of luck,
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post #18 of 20 Old 12-21-2015, 02:21 PM
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Check in as often as you want, as you are the one paying hundreds of dollars for the service. Trainers who find the presence of their clients annoying are trainers who are, likely, not doing their jobs as well as they should be and are upset you're there to make sure that they do.
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post #19 of 20 Old 12-21-2015, 03:19 PM
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Be sure to factor in a few lessons so his work doesn't wind up going down the tube. Horses are notorious for quickly reverting if the owner's skill level hasn't changed.

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post #20 of 20 Old 12-21-2015, 05:25 PM
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It never bothered me when owners wanted to come see how their horse was progressing. I usually encouraged it as they could see what I was doing, I could explain why, and actually have them work the horse when it was ready.
Obviously it had to be at a time suitable.

It makes more sense to my thinking. The owner can see how the horse is going and be encouraged to work the horse in the same way, less problems when they take it home.
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