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post #1 of 5 Old 09-06-2017, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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How to Find An Instructor Who Will Come to Me

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Got back into horses after 10 years of not riding, and we just bought a horse this past weekend. He's having to be boarded at a stable that does not have lessons or trainers available.

I thought it would be no big deal to find someone to come out, but I haven't had luck! We don't have a trailer and don't have anywhere to put one anyway, so travel isn't an option.

Is there some simple way I can find a traveling trainer (I use that term loosely, really it's ME who needs lessons, as far as I can tell the only thing my horse needs help with is getting back to his natural gait as a Rocky Mountain horse). A website I'm missing, a search I should be doing? Every trainer I find seems connected to a stable and those don't seem to ever leave. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-06-2017, 11:36 AM
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Have you tried searching through social media? Join horse groups for your area (Like Horses For Sale Etc) & create an ISO post. I see a lot of people searching for trainers or trainers looking for clients that way.

I've found both of my trainers through mutual friends. My Dressage instructor primarily did traveling type lessons as she doesn't have lesson/schoolmaster horses. She doesn't advertise on her website though & you'd have to know someone who either lessons or boards with her. My current instructor is kinda the same situation. She has a small private facility, tries to work out of one barn, but has currently been doing more traveling. Sometimes trainers won't come out because of the additional arena fee (if your barn charges one) or you're too far out of the way to make it "worthwhile." Social media would be my best suggestion though. People will suggest trainers who will either say 'yay' or 'nay' then you can go from there. It also depends on the discipline you're looking for. I'd have a hard time finding a traveling western trainer in my area, but can easily find Dressage or Eventing (Hunters a little less so).
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-06-2017, 11:50 AM
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I'd suggest social media and visiting with horse people in your area. A trainer like you describe just isn't an option in many areas, but near Austin, I would think you could find someone. You may need to go do lessons at their facility on a lesson horse, and send your horse out to a gaited trainer, then learn to work together if you can't find someone who travels, is familiar with gaited horses, and is willing to help you.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-06-2017, 01:17 PM
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Ask. Many don't advertise they do and they don't encourage it but if you find one that specializes in gaited horses and are willing to perhaps start at their barn with their horse they may consider going to your barn to work with you and your horse once you have started. This is the way my son's instructor will go off property. He rides with her weekly and she comes out to work with him on his horse so what she is teaching him transfers to riding at home. It is more expensive and scheduling is not always convenient for us but it works.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-06-2017, 02:50 PM
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Find a trainer you like and send them a message; many trainers feature "off property" services, for an increased fee (usually hourly, plus mileage, and sometimes with a base fee or minimum).
If they aren't willing to come to you, they can often direct you to someone who will. It's all about networking :)

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