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Re: RC: Re: Moral Dilemma / Trainers

When we start our horses we sent them for a month to a trainer who is jockey
size. She starts them under saddle - although they have hand significant ground
work before then - and spends lots of time on the trails in the woods with them.
We do go over a couple times a week to see how everything is going. We also take
one of our other horses over and ride with the new guy. The trainer riding the
new horse and we will ride our horses - the new guys pasture buddies.

We can see how he is doing, what we will have to work on, spooky, stubborn, etc.
and I think the new guys likes the rides with his buddies. Then we bring him home
and he is better ready for a larger rider. At some point he will then go get his
dressage training after the basic training.

I agree the training should be a joint effort.

Truman wrote:

> Ridecamp is slow, this isn't endurance-related, but I will finally quit
> lurking long enough to say that as a trainer I am frequently disappointed by
> the indifference of owners toward their horses' progress while in my care.
> Example in point:  the two I currently have in for basic
> starting-under-saddle have been visited once in nearly two months by each of
> their owners.
> When I first take the horse on, I offer they can come once a week or more
> often if they wish, ride under my supervision, watch me train, etc.  I seldom
> see the owners after they drop the horse until they pick it up.  They seldom
> call to check on the horse's progress, and when I call to keep them informed,
> they sometimes take days to return the calls.
> I hate to send a green horse home to someone who has never ridden it, don't
> know what the outcome will be.  Any advice?
> Kitty Longino

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