It’s us again “Of Horse Audience,” the Pony Bloggers (Gucci, Sweetsie & Leggs). We are here today to give you some tips on Trainer Selection. Let’s remember-Gucci is the eventer, Sweetsie is the Barrel Racer, and Leggs is the Hunter. Three different horse types, three disciplines, and one family. So naturally, the first tip we are going to give you is this; know your venue and seek a trainer who has experience in your venue.
Also remember some equine trainers are better at some training tasks than others. This trainer is going to be your business partner. Always keep that in mind. Know if your horse fits the profile for the trainer you have selected. Make a list of your goals and know your level of commitment (very important-if you just want to trail ride or pleasure ride-not a good idea to pick a high level show trainer). Keep in mind what you are looking to do-are you starting a horse, solving an issue, looking to sell, compete (and at what level), or improve your riding skills and learn new ones.
Let’s not forget the budget-know this in advance. Cost can open up some choices and or narrow some down. Please everyone take your time and take some lessons first with the trainer you have in mind. Not all trainer styles and techniques work for everyone. Discuss how involved you wish to be in a training process or lesson schedule. Do your homework! This is your job and if you invest a thought process before you begin this important journey it can save all of you many headaches.
We horses know how much we mean to our people-please put us in capable hands and when you do-let the trainers do their jobs! Good luck everyone and whether you show or not riding is always a learning process.
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