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Things your trainer "makes" you buy?

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  • Things your trainer "makes" you buy?

    What are you required to have at your barn? I mean, like the brand, not the object. Ex: Is a sheet ok, or does it have to be a Saxon?

    My trainer just "required" aka asked politely but we all understood she was not asking - that all jumpers/EQ horses buy and show in the CWD leather open fronts and ankle boots. I am a little p.o.'d because I bought a full set of black eskies 6 months ago when I got my new horse. She is not sponsored by them of anything, just likes the way they look.

    Are you guys that show on the A's required to have the same boots, etc?
    When the boogeyman goes to sleep, he checks the closet for George Morris. -mpsbarnmanager

  • #2
    Well, I guess I see her wanting all of her EQ horses to go in the leather CWD's and not Eskies. But if your horse is strictly a jumper, it's ridiculous for her to want him to go in only CWD's. Eskies work just as well, and are completely acceptable and still popular on the "A" circuit.

    I can't think of any one product that my trainer insists on. Most of the people in my barn wind up with similar things, thanks to the trends being inflicted upon us by the circuit.


    • #3
      Would. never. happen.
      I buy what I like and what I can afford.
      if I had a trainer who "made" her clients buy certain sheets, boots, whatever, if she wanted me to have it she would have to buy it herself, unless I was planning on getting it anyway.
      I get that trainers want stuff to match and look nice, but some things are just ridiculous.
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      • #4
        I generally have to buy things like bits, spurs, special saddle pads, whatever. Things that my horse would benefit from that I do not have, rather than something that's fashionable. Then there are the horse's show clothes and the tack box, but that's something I have been asked to do as I need to replace things rather than required.


        • #5
          Brands? No. Nothing is required. She may recommend stuff that she's had good experiences with, but there's no requirement.

          Now, stuff does have to fit me and the horse and be appropriate for hunters (e.g. fitted pads for showing, etc.). But no specified, required brands.


          • #6
            Most of the time my trainer suggests that we should get a few things for our horses. Especially if she finds good deals on them. Yesterday she found f;y sheets in our barn colors for only $40, and offered to get them monogrammed for us if we got them. And she found a set of leather boots, front and hind, for only $60. She prefers our blankets are in conservative colors, or the barn colors, but doesnt really care what brand. She will recommend what brands she thinks are best for what we want/can afford and we get what we want. She does have a few things that are not o.k. but thats only for showing and they are pretty self explanatory (no obnoxious colored wraps/coolers/pads, dress to a certain level)


            • #7
              We dont have to have matching things per say, though my trainer certainly likes it when we do. We have saddle pads with our barn name on it that we use for showing, and we always have to have leather halters and black lead ropes. Other than that, not too much fuss is made over what we're using.


              • #8
                It has been my experience that when trainers start mandating certain items/brands... it's because the trainer wants that stuff personally, and the vendor has offered a deal along the lines of, "get your customers to buy X items and yours are free/heavily discounted."

                Not saying that that is the case for the OP's trainer... just that it is a common scenario.

                My current trainer does not require any certain brand items. She *is* a stickler for proper (conservative, elegant) turnout, and she will recommend certain things IF you ask her. We all know her preferences and frequently will follow her recommendations because they tend to be based on her good judgement and experience about what will work, but we are free to purchase whatever items we choose.
                We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


                • #9
                  I can appreciate barns mandating a horsie "dress code" for things like scrims, coolers, etc, especially if they have grooms. This keeps the staff from having to guess whose stuff is whose when at the ring and there's a pile of sheets on the fence. I also like that a couple of trainers in my area encourage clients to sell stuff "between themselves" when they purchase a new horse or move to another barn. All that's necessary is a new monogram, and they're set. And moving clients don't get stuck with a bunch of crap in their old barn's colors.
                  Here today, gone tomorrow...


                  • #10
                    Nope. My trainer may recommend things(like my Royal Riders for my bad knee or a half pad) but she never asks students to have specific brands, (although a lot of people in my barn are all about the big name brands).


                    • #11
                      As it turned out, everyone in my barn needed a winter blanket at the same time. Our trainer suggested we all get Bakers so the barn would look neat. Same thing with tack boxes and their covers.

                      Other than that, if she started INSISTING on certain items, I'd be having a little chat with her (other than on bits or stuff like that).


                      • #12
                        Funny story about this -

                        One day at the farm a couple summers ago a "wanna-be trainer" took notice that 3 people who rode with my trainer had the exact same car-color and everything, 1 person had same make, different model/color, and 2 of us had a completely different car but again the same for us.

                        His comment:

                        "Jeez. I have a hard enough time getting everyone to wear the same polo. How on earth did you get everyone to buy the same car?"

                        My trainer laughed and said something along the lines of "that's what it takes to ride with me" That line is extra funny because the only thing she ever insists we have is stuff that keeps us safe-regardless of color, shape, size, brand etc. She does prefer conservative colors and may roll her eyes when we ride in neons or something but as long as it's safe and functional she'd never tell us to use anything different. For showing of course we need to follow the rules but again, brands etc don't matter to her because it's about riding-not a fashion show.
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                        • #13
                          My trainer is NOT strict about stuff like matching at all. The only thing she really requires is that all of the show horses having matching sheets and blankets, but they're nice and I would probably buy them anyway Plus if we're going to bring trunks along to shows they either have to be wooden with a cover over it with the barn colors or one of the trunks they order that are the barn colors with monogramming. They're really nice too but expensive, which is why I'm just settling for the wooden trunk with a cover over it


                          • #14
                            My trainer doesn't insist on brands but she tells me if my horse needs something for his comfort or neccessity. He needed a fly sheet because of all the wet weather we have had. I bought him a sheet that was to big..so she replaced it.
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                            • #15
                              When I managed for an A circuit show barn, all the horses had a show blanket, sheet and halter. Yes, they had to be a certain brand, but only because that made them identical. We all know that there are 50 different shades of hunter green. I made sure to find economical prices as I understand that people get new horses or those coming into the barn don't want to drop $2K just to walk in the door. Everyone had to have a matching barn trunk or they could rent one. I didn't think any of that was unfair. It makes a good impression when you go down the aisle and it looks neat and tidy. I am anal retentive and enjoy being that way. Other than that, people were welcome to buy whatever they pleased.


                              • #16
                                My trainer likes things to be conservative and neat, but doesn't specify brands.

                                "You keep one leg on one side, the other leg on the other side, and your mind in the middle." -- Henry Taylor, "Riding Lesson"


                                • #17
                                  My trainer likes our trunks to match. We all try and buy show sheets and coolers in barn colors, but it's not required. If you don't have a nice leather halter and a lead rope and sheet in the barn colors, he supplies one for you to use.


                                  • #18
                                    I can't say that i have ever had a trainer make me buy anything.
                                    That said, I don't own a horse and I'm a total fashionista on my own.
                                    I have heard them do it to others, but not to me.

                                    (My previous trainer said that if I could afford to buy a rich AA horse, at least I wouldn't have a problem borrowing since I could ride and looked the part...)


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by dogchushu View Post
                                      Brands? No. Nothing is required. She may recommend stuff that she's had good experiences with, but there's no requirement.

                                      Now, stuff does have to fit me and the horse and be appropriate for hunters (e.g. fitted pads for showing, etc.). But no specified, required brands.


                                      • #20
                                        Like most others, my trainer doesn't REQUIRE any brands, just safe, conservative equipment. She will recommend brands she likes (such as say, The Clothes Horse for customized dress sheets/etc., Tailored Sportsmans as show pants, etc.), but we are by no means required to buy the brands she mentions.

                                        I don't think I could AFFORD to ride with a trainer who wanted the big name brands for everything.