What Type of Horse Training Do You Need?

What Type of Horse Training Do You Need?

There are a million styles of horse training. Even within each discipline, you will find trainers with vastly different methods. At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong type of horse training for you and your horse. If it works for you, it works.
 
What Type of Horse Training Do You Need? 

First things first, assess who needs more work, you or your horse. If you have a well-trained horse that is ready for whatever you want to do with it, you should find a trainer who focuses on working with the rider. If your horse is green, a trainer who is willing to ride your horse is probably the best fit for you.
 
Next, you want to look for someone who supports your goals. If you're going to run barrels, a dressage trainer is obviously not the right fit for you. But, going even deeper, if you have particular ideas about how you like to interact with your horse, find someone who supports those and is willing to provide a similar experience. 
 
Consider the Qualifications That Matter to You
 
There are a million horse trainers out there with vastly different qualifications. If you are looking for kids riding lessons, you probably don't need an Olympic level trainer. You need someone good with kids who can keep yours safe while teaching them proper horsemanship.
 
However, if you wish to compete, you need a trainer who has experience getting horses and equestrians to a high level. It's even better if they have reached that level with a horse themselves.  
 
Don't forget to consider any special needs your horse has. Is your horse very young? Your horse trainer should have experience working with young horses. If your horse has any particular behavioral or health problems that concern you, make sure you find a horse trainer that has handled a similar situation before.
 
Find a Few Trainers
 
Once you have a good idea of what you are looking for, use the GoHorse directory to search for horse trainers near you. Give them a call and explain your needs. Make sure you ask how your goals and ideals will fit with their curriculum.
 
When you find a few trainers you like, go out and watch a lesson or training session. Ask yourself if you would enjoy working with each trainer. Keep in mind, horseback riding is fun, being a horse owner is fun, and you want to work with people who keep it that way.
 
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