Training your horse provides you and your horse with innumerable benefits. If you have found a horse trainer you want to work with, but you are not quite ready to take the plunge, ask your prospective trainer these questions before you make any commitments:
- How often is the horse worked at your facility? Your prospective horse trainer should be able to tell you how often your horse will be saddled and ridden, if they cool down after exercise, and how much training time they will receive every week.
- Is instruction with me as the rider included in the training price? Your prospective horse trainer should let you know if you can drop in and watch as your horse is trained, how many lessons are included in the training price, and if there is an extra charge for additional problems or inquiries that are addressed.
- What training aids are used? Many horse trainers use tie downs, martingales, crops, spurs, or whips. Find out what tools your horse trainer will use as well as what methods they use when a horse misbehaves.
- How long will it take for my goals to be accomplished? Your horse trainer should let you know if your goals are realistic, how they will keep you up-to-date on the progress your horse makes, and if, as the owner, you are aiding in the progression of your horse.
- How are diet and exercise managed? Make sure you find out what the feeding schedule is like at the horse training facility, if any supplements are used, and what brand of grain they feed.