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Perhaps you have found yourself in this place where you need help with your horse or you want to learn more about horsemanship, but you don’t want to get burned or get you or your horse hurt. How do you know where to go? How do you pick a trainer or a clinician that is right for you?
Some of you may be saying, what difference does it make? And for some it makes no difference. But for many, it does.
Lots of people will look at the lay of the land and decide based on what everyone else is doing, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t mind going along with the masses. I have met and talked with folks who have taken that path to finding someone to work with. I have heard stories, more then one, of a very popular clinician in this country, who brow beats his students to the point that he makes some of them cry. I don’t get that! Why, why in the world, would a trainer/clinician ever feel the need to make his client/customers, cry.
But how do you know? How in the world can you pick, find, a trainer/clinician that will really help you? Some, trainers/clinicians, will point to their accomplishments. I know of one, who has won hundreds, literally hundreds of trophies in many different discipline’s over 40+ years as a trainer. As a matter of fact when I talked to him he used the example of a mechanic who has been certified and a shade tree mechanic. He explained that the one with the certification is the one he would take his car to. I could see his point, but I have gotten screwed more times by the guy that is certified then I ever have by the guy who loves what he does, the shade tree mechanic.
So how do you know? The same way you pick your mechanic, plumber or electrician. You ask your friends. Find people that have worked with the trainer in the past. Ask them how they feel about him or her. Watch their horses and if you like what they do ask them if they did it themselves or did they have help. Talk to the trainer. Good trainers will tell you the truth, weather you want to hear it or not, cause they want the best for YOU and your horse. Most trainer/clinicians will have testimonials on their website. Ask the trainer if you can contact these folks and visit with them about their experience with him or her. If he says no, then look some where else.
Listen to your neighbors and friends. They probably want to help you too. If you are not making any progress with the trainer your with, it could be it’s time to move on.
There are good people out there, trying to help folks with their horses. These people may not have a TV show, they may have never written a book or put out a dvd, but that does not mean they don’t know what their doing. You may not have to travel half way across the country to find someone to help you with your horse, if you will just look around a bit..
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