Jenifer Nadeau, M.S., Ph.D
Associate Professor, Equine Extension Specialist
Department of Animal Science
The role of a horse trainer is to prepare your horse for you
so that the horse is safe and responsive to your cues.Trainers can work with a horse from a
minimum of 30 days to a more extensive training period, depending on your
training goals. Here is a list of
questions you should ask when looking for a trainer.It is important that you are on the “same page” and you both
agree on methodology.
often is a horse in training worked at your facility?
How often will he be lunged?
How often will he be saddled and ridden?
What is the total training time in hours per week?
How are the horses cooled down after exercise?
instruction for me riding my horse included in the training price?
drop in and watch you work my horse?
many lessons per week are included in the training price?
there a discounted lesson rate for riders who have horses in training?
I take my horse home, if I have problems, will you help me?What charge will there be for this, if
training aids do you use on a regular basis?
you headset lunge?If so how do
you accomplish this?
methods would you use with a horse that is misbehaving?
you use crops, spurs or whips?How do you use crops, spurs, and/or whips?
you use tie downs or martingales, side reins or draw reins?
you tie horses in their stalls?
long will it take to accomplish my goals?
my goals realistic?
I be kept up-to-date on the progress of my horse?
you tell me if I (as a rider) am holding up my horse’s training progress?
diet and free exercise managed at your facility?
is the feeding schedule?
you feed supplements?
brand of grain do you feed?
do you get your hay and how do you determine how much each horse gets?
do you check feed quality?
there pasture opportunity and what is the turnout schedule?How long are horses turned out?
horses turned out together?
have insurance to cover my horse while it is boarded and ridden at your
you have a training/boarding contract?
routine health maintenance managed at your facility?
is the required vaccination schedule?
is the deworming protocol followed at the farm?
farrier is used and often does the farrier visit?
you pay for cost of the above directly or through the trainer?
I select my own veterinarian or farrier?
is your fee and payment requirements?
The key is to ask any question you feel needs an answer.Trainers are used to working with novice
horse owners and they should answer all questions with patience and care.Just think – if he/she cannot make it
through a list of questions, how patient will he/she be with you under saddle?
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