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I have had my horse for one year this month. When I got him I started saving my dollars for some training time on him. We have made such good progress in the last year that I was not really sure if I wanted to send him or not after all. But I had my little savings envelope so off he went. I figured it is a good time of year to take a break from riding too.
He was there for three days and I went and had a lesson on him. Already I felt a difference in his responsiveness and calmness. Not kidding! It must have been all that good preparation I have been doing, right :)
I wish the trainers were not so far away because I can see I need to commit to the lessons with him. I need to learn almost more than he needs to learn, I think. When to be firm and when to release, to relax my legs,
ride straight, etc. etc. I thought I was doing okay but they gave me lots to work on in one lesson. It is so much fun to feel progress with your horse that I had to write this post!
 

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The time you spend with the trainer will be well spent. There is no standing still in horsemanship you either advance or you backslide. Keep advancing and good luck.
 

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Hi there Juniper...
This is a tough choice isn't it???
I recently had to deal with sending my girl out for training.

I have to say I am totally pleased with everything thus far. My mare, Candi, is a little over an hour away, but I have managed to see her 3 times in the last 30 days.

You will be so excited when your horse returns! I totally understand about things to learn or re-learn in order to help for when your horse comes back to you. What I have done it take as many lessons (not on my horse) as I possibly can until her return. So far it has really really paid off.

I am wishing you all the best on your journey!!!
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Oh...PS...I love your avatar!
 

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Thanks, I am taking a lesson after work tomorrow on a lesson horse at a barn near by. I really don't have the time or extra money right now but I agree the better I get the more successful this whole enterprise will be. My horse is an hour and a half away. So to go see him takes most of the day!
How old is Candi? What kind of riding do you do? How long do you plan to have her at the trainers?
 

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i just sent mine to the traiber,too! Except his reason was because he's a rearer and he flipped over with me on him.......
 

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Yikes, are you alright? Where were you when that happened? How old is your horse? I would love to hear about his progress in training!
 

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My horse has been with a trainer since April 2009. She is doing pretty good. At her old trainers she was an hour away and I went to see her once a month.

Over the holidays, after a...falling out with my old trainer I found a new fantastic trainer. She is doing much much better with the new trainer and she is only 10 mins away so I've gone to see her 4 times since she went there on Jan 1st. But that will slow down a bit and I will probably make Sundays my day to go see her.
 

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Your horse must be young to be at the trainer's for so long. That was probably not fun having a falling out with the trainer. Hope your new one fits the bill.
 

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What were the behaviors? I have been told that 30 days is not enough for any real training. Okay for a tune up if you are sending the horse back to a trainer it has been to before but not for actual training changes. I was told it takes a few weeks for the horse to get used to the trainer and start learning to learn! I have committed to 2 months but think 3 would be ideal.
 

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I am in the EXACT same situation as you! so funny! My horse is off at training and ive been taking lessons there, you know to help me to help him. And i have learned sooooo much. Now that he's coming home soon, i am going to use the things i have learned there to continue his growth back home. Never thought that i would be getting training too!
 

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Oh, good for you Skeeter1. How long is your horse going to be at the trainers. What kind of stuff have you learned?
 

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Hey Juniper,
I ride mostly Dressage, and later will get back into some jumping. :)

Candi is going to be 5 in April. She was born to race and went to training for that. She did not race.

So she has little experience doing a lot of anything.

I was lucky to get into this trainers place when a gal at my barn brought her horse back to the barn after she went back to this trainer for a "tune Up" The reason for the tune up was due to an injury about two months after returning from him last spring. She was laid up all summer and had a bad attitude when put back into training. She is younger than Candi.

Anyway, Candi has been there for 30 days and will likely stay another 6 weeks. I have already paid for the second month. The trainer told me because of the weather situation he will want to make up some of the missed rides at the end of the next 30 (no Charge) he will will tally the missed rides and keep her a bit longer.

What type of riding do you do??

Since my girl has been gone I have basically put myself into "Rider Boot Camp" lol

I have not actively ridden every day for years so I need the "boot camp" We have almost worked out all my little positional issues and I have now gained enough confidence to produce the results I would like with a mount even when they get a bit Crappy!
I have gone to the extreem the last week and taken 2 lessons a day on two horses for 5 days. We will repeat that again this week starting on Wed. Before that I was taking 4 lessons a week.
Part of this is really important because my instructor has a health issue and is unable to ride at the moment. To get the other dressage trainer/instructor at the barn to ride my mare will cost a bunch more. SO my current instructor and I are really working hard to accomplish as much as we can in the next 30 days...

I cannot wait to hear all about you and your plans with your horse. Candi is about 1 hour and 15-20 minutes away as well so that takes at least a good part of the day!

In the end it will all be worth it. I have gone up to see her about 3 times in a 30 day period. You can see my post about her in the training section.
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If your horse completely changes when he/she gets back from the trainer might want to lounge him/her.
I sent my horse off to training 2 years ago for 30 days. And he was great at the trainers. But,when he came back to my barn he continued to have the same behavior like he was never trained at all.
Sometimes the old context will bring out old behaviours and associations. I sent my horse for training over the summer. I talked to the trainer and he agreed to do a lesson at my barn with me & my horse for my first ride after he came home. I think it helped a lot...me & the horse.
 

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How exciting! How exciting it's going to be when she comes back. Good for you for taking the effort and time to save. That's excellent news!
 

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HalfPass I am so jealous about your boot camp. That is the way to get better for certain. I am lucky if I can ride once or twice a week. At this rate I need to be reincarnated and have a whole other lifetime to really improve. Especially since I started later in life.
I am a basic trail rider hoping to not get killed. We live in an ideal place to ride in spectacular scenery. Lots of places to go with a bit of trailering. I have done some cattle sorting also. I have to say that is way more fun than you might think and the horses love it.
I used to go to many english and western shows and games and 4-H and other activities with my daughter and her horse and be the "groom" but she is taking a break from horses with so many other sports and school.
 

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Oh, good for you Skeeter1. How long is your horse going to be at the trainers. What kind of stuff have you learned?
well he has been there for 2 in half months so far. We have kind of playing it by ear just adding weeks if nessasary. And it's finally enough! I have learned that instead of punishing a misbehaved horse with a crop or however aggresivley you want, but making him think. And by making him think, he not only improves but you in return gain his trust and respect. I never use a crop any more or my spurs! But i give him a loose loose rein and let him know that if he'll be good and do as i say, then i'll give him a loose rein. if he disobeys then i tighten up and he knows that he can fix that. Ive defenitly learned.
 

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Skeeter1 sounds like you are becoming a real horsewoman! It must be quite satisfying to get learn what you have.
 
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