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I have always trained my own horses, but I am looking for a trainer for Moms Appaloosa mare.

Mom does not have the knowledge to train her, and I know if I were to work with her mother would try to interfere and just get in the way, so I refuse to mess with her.

Anyhoo, I found this guys site and to he looks Ok, I kinda like how he works and his philosophy seem sound to me. Missouri Horse Trainer - Darrell Bereuter

What do you guys think, I personally have no clue what to look for in a trainer seeing as I have never used one. Would you hire him? Does anything lok fishy to you? There are videos of some of his training and I like most of what I see, Do you?
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Any suggestions for a good trainer close to me any of you might know? I live in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Thanks In Advance!
 

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That guy you linked seems to have a decent philosophy on horse training. I like the way that he handled and rode Clinton in his vids for the most part. The only thing that I didn't really care for was how much he was depending on his spurs instead of his leg and creating a tail wringer (that is one of my pet peaves). Except for that, the horse in his vids was a pretty nice horse with good handle on him.

If I was looking for a trainer, I would want someone who trains the way that I like to ride. Light and soft and responsive. But I would be in the same boat as you, I don't know what to look for in a trainer as I have never used one either LOL. I would just make sure you know how they handle their horses, look at some of their more trained horses and talk to people that have used them before.
 

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Thanks for replying!

Oh, I will definitely be researching him further if I plan to send any horse to him an pay him for it. I would have to visit his facilities in person, watch him during a few sessions, check out any horses he is caring for (just to see if everything is up to snuff to me) and see who cares for them and how hey are cared for, get references or at least talk to past clients, ect.

Funnily enough the spurs kinda got me too, just a little too much touching for my taste... Nothing too serious though...

Any other opinions?
 

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He looks like a pretty good trainer to me. At $600 per month it's a pretty good bargain. You could find a cheaper trainer but he has been doing it at a high level for many years so you should be getting your moneys worth.
 

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Personally I'm not a fan. I watched a bit of the bridle-less Clinton video and I would pass. He relies WAY too much on his spurs. Which is fine, if the regular rider of the horse is a spur user, but I would rather teach without and refine with.

He didn't seem to have a lot of patience, either. When the horse went to go itch his front legs he slammed his sides. Was that necessary? The horse had an itch!

He doesn't seem like a bad trainer by any means, but I guess I'm picky. ;) I like a trainer who respects horses without being harsh but isn't too much of a pushover to let them get away with murder. ;)

Good luck!
 
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