New Year’s Day is just around the corner. Not only is it a new year and a new start for all of us, it is also a day to celebrate our horses. January 1st is the official birthday for horses in the northern hemisphere. Sure, it’s not their actual foaling date, but it is the date recognized for all show horses. So this New Year’s Day, give your horse some warm birthday wishes… and their favorite treat! Shop horse treats at Rods.com. Happy Birthday!
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Tips on Finding a Horse Trainer
Achieving excellence in the equestrian show ring comes from many different sources. One of the most important sources is the horse trainer. Horse trainers specialize in many different styles and backgrounds, and can help you excel on many levels. Sometimes though, finding a horse trainer can be a struggle. When you start to look for a trainer, be prepared with a list of qualities and attributes you would like. Below you will find a short list to help get you started.
- Qualifications- Be sure the expert you are hiring is qualified to help you and your horse succeed. Ask for a resume showing your trainer’s courses and schooling, and verify efforts he/she is making to keep up with rule changes and news through 4H and AQHA. Also ask what other horses he/she has trained and the accomplishments the rider and horse have achieved.
- Background and References- It is important to ask for references. Speaking to past and present clients will help you figure out how he/she trains, associates, and works with others. A key component in choosing the right trainer is trust.
- Specialty- Ask what riding discipline and what methods the trainer will be using. If you are set on natural horsemanship, be sure your trainer knows this and is familiar with it. The same goes for riding disciplines. You want to be sure your trainer is teaching you and your horse the riding style you want to excel in.
- Personality- This may be the most important qualification in choosing a trainer. Be sure you like him/her. Does he talk to you in terms you can understand? Do you trust your life and your horse’s life in his hands? You need to be able to get along well with each other, and work professionally together.
Be prepared when looking for a trainer. There are plenty of good trainers and there is sure to be one that matches your needs. Your trainer may just be the deciding factor on how far you or your horse can go in the equestrian show circuit. Look for trust, dedication and passion. Your trainer should be dedicated enough to push you further (without pushing you or your horse too hard). Both rider and trainer should have a passion for horses and riding. It is dedication and passion that will help you succeed.
Good luck on the hunt for a new horse trainer. Pass this blog along to anyone who may find it useful and to any horse trainers out there!