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Do you go to your trainer or does your trainer come to you?

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  • Do you go to your trainer or does your trainer come to you?

    This is for the riders who have their horses at home or board at a different barn then their trainer. Do they come to your house (barn) or do you trailer to them? I don't know how to do a poll, sorry, that would be easier. Also what do you pay? Is there a price difference between the two? TIA.

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    Both. The BNT that I ride with, I trailer to her, unless she is giving a clinic at a nearby barn-but I still trailer there. Obviously the lesson at her place is cheaper, as the clinic is covering her travel expense and ring fees, etc. But the clinic local is 30 min from my barn and her barn is 1 hour. My coach sometimes comes to me and sometimes I go to her. If I am riding her schoolmaster, I go to her. If I am riding just my horse, she will sometimes come to me (and we get lunch afterwards).
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    • #3
      Well, most of the time she comes to me. But during the winter there are times when snow and/or ice keep us from a lesson at my barn and then she will come pick my gelding and me up and haul us to a covered arena for a lesson.

      I am sooooo blessed with this woman!
      Sheilah

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      • #4
        My trainer comes to me. If I had a truck and trailer I would trailer over to her since she has a covered arena. It's only about $10 difference.

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        • #5
          My trainer is young, this is her second year as a pro and she comes out to my farm to teach me. She works primarily as a assistant trainer at a local barn but also travels out. As she is getting more demand she is now starting to get more selective about who she goes out to teach, for example she just let go of a farm that was way the heck and gone without a heated indoor, which really is a must in Minnesota.
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          • #6
            Mine comes to me. We feed her gourmet meals, and we put her up right! The care and feeding of Excellent Trainers Who Come to You is an art and a science, worthy of study should one be so fortunate to find one. Feed them, comfort them (read warm shower, bathrobe after a long day... All the pampering anyone would like...). You will be glad you did.

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            • #7
              My riding instructor comes to me. Occasionally we'll meet up at other facilities where I do pay a ring fee; otherwise, her rates are very reasonable and do not change regardless of where she teaches. I've ridden her horses in lunge lessons and she does not charge me extra. I consider myself very lucky.
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              • #8
                Both. In the holidays, weekends, public holidays, it depends. If she is having a lesson with the girl up the road, she'll come to my place.

                If it's wet, or I have to practice for a show, I'll go to hers, because she has a sand arena that doesn't hold water, and it's full size. I have a smaller grass arena.

                She'll come to mine after school, because she's my health teacher, and I sometime get a lift with her.

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                • #9
                  My trainer comes to me but I do pay $10 more than those who are real close to her. Also, I'm one of 4 students who train with this instructor. We have our lessons right after each other and we're ready and on time.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Carol O View Post
                    Mine comes to me. We feed her gourmet meals, and we put her up right! The care and feeding of Excellent Trainers Who Come to You is an art and a science, worthy of study should one be so fortunate to find one. Feed them, comfort them (read warm shower, bathrobe after a long day... All the pampering anyone would like...). You will be glad you did.
                    carol!! your trainer is lucky to have you as a student!
                    my trainer came to me. it was close enough where she didn't charge a travel fee, but the BO charged me a ring fee.

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                    • #11
                      both- it's a little less if I go to her and she's got a bigger arena than I do at home...

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                      • #12
                        i drive the2 hrs tro go to him

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                        • #13
                          Mine comes to me, and yes, I too feel very lucky!!!

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                          • #14
                            Both... my trainer will travel to the farm I board at if she has at least three lessons in the area. Otherwise, I will haul my horse to her place. It's $10 extra if she comes to my farm, but I'm saving on time and gas.

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                            • #15
                              The last three years I have been blessed w/ trainers who come to me. I have been in situations where you have to travel an hour or two and frankly it's a pain in the rear end. By the time you pack your gear, get rolling, take the lesson, clean up yourself and the horse and get on the road again, half the day is gone. Not to mention cleaning out the trailer and unpacking when you get home. I'll pay an extra $20 a ride not to travel, my time is worth more.
                              "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach

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                              • #16
                                trailer to trainer 45 minutes away. I have just a small ring on my home farm. Traveling gives me a chance to work once a week, at least, in a large arena with comfy footing.
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                                • #17
                                  Both.

                                  One trainer comes to me once a week. She doesn't have a barn of her own, so travels to students all over.

                                  The other trainer I haul to twice a week. She's less than 10 minutes away, but has a lot of her own horses to train, so can't spare the time to leave her barn.

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                                  • #18
                                    Mine comes to me. She charges 50/hour if I go to her its 40/hour. Best trainer I've ever had, I couldn't believe she was so cheap. I had a different trainer that was big in dressage that charged 75/hour to come to me and that was a waste of money.
                                    Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole

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                                    • #19
                                      Both.

                                      And the ones that come to me DO charge mileage.
                                      Janet

                                      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                                      • #20
                                        I have to go to my trainer. He doesn't travel out to anyone but he is so good that it's worth the 2 hour journey each way.

                                        I try to take 2 horses each time I go.

                                        I travel to my clients as I don't have a yard but I do have to limit how far I'll go.

                                        Most livery yards here don't have a trainer on site or if they do it's often just a low level allround PC type of teacher rather than someone who is a bit more specialist so most trainers go to their clients. The clients don't usually have to pay any extra to have their trainer come in and use the facilities as such use is included in the care costs.

                                        Most of the yards I go to will have between 2 and 10 different trainers going in every week.

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