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post #1 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Trailering in for lessons?

My daughter, age 10, has been taking lessons for 4 years and we just bought her a horse about two months ago. Last summer, she started to jump and she loves it. Her horse is an excellent jumper and has competed very successfully. He is a real gem. He's also trained for levels 1 and 2 dressage and has won many championships. So he can go either way. My daughter, on the other hand, really wants to jump. She was working with a jumping coach until we recently moved the horse closer to us. We now have a dressage coach coming in to work with her. While I'm very happy with the dressage coach, my daughter really doesn't want to compete in dressage and has continued to practice jumping between dressage lessons. I understand it's possible to do both, but she is having to unlearn everything she learned in jumping, change her position, stirrup length, etc. for dressage and I wonder if it's worth it if she's just going to go back to jumping in the spring.

There's another local coach that has rave reviews. She's competed at high levels and her students compete successfully. I have heard nothing but good things about her. Here's the catch - she isn't crazy about coaching off-property. She is very busy with a lot of students and does not have the time (we're a 15 minute drive away). She's not saying absolutely not, but she's suggested other options like trailering in. We don't have a trailer yet, but would consider buying one or borrowing the neighbors' (I think I could work out a financial arrangement with them so I could basically rent it when I need it - that way I don't have to pay maintenance, insurance, etc.). Our horse trailers very well so that's not an issue.

Does anyone do this? How much of a hassle is it? One option I may propose to the coach is that we do one week at her place and one week here (like I said, she didn't say NO, just that she's really busy... so maybe if I propose something like that, she'd go for it). She also holds competitions at her barn so it would be good for my daughter and her horse to become familiar with the place if they're going to compete there. On the other hand, the idea of pulling a trailer every week seems like a lot of work. Yet other people in the area do it so I guess it's not so bad?
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post #2 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 08:06 AM
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Not uncommon at all.

I use to take two horses to a trainer several miles away from me twice a week and many other times too.
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post #3 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 09:44 AM
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I have several students who trailer in to the farm I train at. I will also go to their farm, on occasion, to teach.

My farm does charge a trailer in fee (to help pay for their coverage in the farm's insurance), so those lessons caost a bit more. They don't mind the extra expense, though.
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post #4 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 09:52 AM
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I trailer 2 times a week to lessons. I also don't have an arena at home, so I trailer to a local indoor arena during the winter. Usually about 4 times a week. I won't lie- it's a hassle, only because it's always dark while loading and unloading, but it's better than nothing!
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post #5 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 09:53 AM
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Pay her for the half hour of drive time plus gas at her lesson rate. I am sure that could entice her. It is worth it to not have to borrow or rent a trailer. All of that is very time consuming.
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post #6 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 09:56 AM
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We have always trailed in our kids to lessons. Some places add on a $20-30 hail in fee.
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post #7 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 10:15 AM
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its very common to trailer in for lessons, even multiple times a week. its a lot easier for the trainer, i know how busy most are and they dont want to deal with going other places for one student for a lesson. that could be seen as a waste of time for them. you should just go to them if you want to be on there good side. i dont like the idea of doing one week you go to her and the next she comes to you. its too confusing and she may not have time. keep it simple and go to her. it will also be cheaper for you in the end to just go there, while you may have to pay a trailer or ring use fee to the barn, it will probably be less then what you are paying her to come to you. especially since shes so close, its worth it to just go there.
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post #8 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 04:46 PM
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When I had my trailer, to reduce hassle, I hitched up (and loaded equipment) the night before so I didn't have to spend that time before loading the horse to go. You'll get used to it. It will be worth it since I assume the trainer has jumps and courses to practice on.
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post #9 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 05:08 PM
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Yep, have done this alot in the past. Usually have paid a $10 haul in fee for each lesson. It's usually best for the trainer to keep teaching, not driving.
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post #10 of 23 Old 11-30-2015, 05:40 PM
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I've never had a trainer come to my place and give me lessons.

I always haul to the trainer.

Sure, you may only be a 15 min drive, but in the amount of time she would have to spend driving to and from, unpaid, she probably could fit in another student or another lesson. I don't blame the trainer for not wanting to drive. They can be more productive that way.
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