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Old 04-26-2012, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Lake Coeur D’Alene
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Finding a trainer is definitely a difficult thing to do, more so when a horse owner is green himself.
For English riders like myself, I would recommend seeking out the nearest United State Pony Club chapter and asking for advice. USPC has very strict standards and while the substandard "trainers" are always seeking to find a way in, usually they are rooted out.
My daughter was in USPC for many years and I was very active within the organization. There is a reason that so many Olympians have come up through Pony Club.
The USPC manuals are an excellent starting point for all beginners, even if they ride western.

In the almost 30 years I've (and my daughters) owned, ridden and shown my horses, I've run across more bad, dangerous and useless trainers than good, for sure. But the good ones are there, in all areas of expertise. I absolutely would stay away from anyone who claims to be a Parelli or other TV kind of trainer. Those trainers mostly seem to attract newbies who glom onto other newbies and never really learn anything, just spend a lot of money on carrot sticks and such.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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Finding a trainer is definitely a difficult thing to do, more so when a horse owner is green himself.
For English riders like myself, I would recommend seeking out the nearest United State Pony Club chapter and asking for advice. USPC has very strict standards and while the substandard "trainers" are always seeking to find a way in, usually they are rooted out.
My daughter was in USPC for many years and I was very active within the organization. There is a reason that so many Olympians have come up through Pony Club.
The USPC manuals are an excellent starting point for all beginners, even if they ride western.

In the almost 30 years I've (and my daughters) owned, ridden and shown my horses, I've run across more bad, dangerous and useless trainers than good, for sure. But the good ones are there, in all areas of expertise. I absolutely would stay away from anyone who claims to be a Parelli or other TV kind of trainer. Those trainers mostly seem to attract newbies who glom onto other newbies and never really learn anything, just spend a lot of money on carrot sticks and such.
I agree, with one caveat. I don't belong to any training system (or cult, whatever you want to call it) but they all have some useful things and some useless things. A person needs to be able to discern what is substance and what is just fluff geared towards making money. Unfortunately a green person has no such abilities.

Parelli, Anderson, Lyons, Cameron, Cox, Jaheel, Brannaman, Black.... they all have something useful, some more than others. Some are more "cowboys" and "no frills" geared towards the crowd that uses their horses for a real job (like working cattle or riding fences - this is the Brannaman, Martin Black crowd) while others (Parelli, Anderson ....) realize that 98% of the horse owners do not have a ranch to ride its fence and do not own cattle so in essence have all the prerequisites for lazy, spoiled, out-of-line, left-to-the-herd-for-the-majority-of-their-time horses

I saw Parelli compete in an NRCA in Okeechobee, FL alongside a lot of local folks. He was very modest and nice. He lost, by the way, to a local guy. His son also rode, very nice folks.

I have been associated in my horse path from green to not-so-green with all sorts of trainers. With the exception of one (who was really not a big name but is/was a great horseman and an honest person, imagine all in one!), they were all no-good, greedy liars. And no, contrary to what they said about "horse being #1", it wasn't.

OD
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Lake Coeur D’Alene
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I think in the horse world it just takes a very long time of constant learning and you'll never know everything.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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Another thing to keep in mind with mini's is where you live. Do some research on predators in your area. I'm in Montana and have lost not only my mini stud but calves and pets due to predators. We did narrow down the mini to a mountain lion or a wolf (prints were washed out by rain). He was only 29" inches full grown but had an unbelievably protective mule as his pasture buddy. I have also had a small shetland who was being taken down by the nose by a black bear. Thank goodness for our neighbor who happened to have his dogs out and put the bear up a tree. The fish & game ended up euthanizing the bear as it had attacked livestock. Mini's are at a disadvantage when it comes to predators. I won't even let my full sized horse mares foal out up here in the hills. I take them down to the folk's ranch as there are less predators there.
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