Horses can be trained to help people perform different and complex activities. In the USA for example, horses on farms are still used to help prepare the land, transport crops as well as people and harvest crops and agriculture products. Ranches still use horses in the day to day care of herds and flocks on expansive ranches. In other countries not only are they used by farmers and ranchers, horses serve as the only efficient mode of transportation in the rough, barren, and remote areas that are still lacking a basic infrastructure.
From the beginning of man and horse interactions until now, horses have to be trained to perform all these different functions, transport, farm and ranch work, for sports and even for warfare. You might have seen those epic movies and sagas where warriors are riding horses during battle. These steeds took many hours of training to be ready to accept and respond all that would happen around them.
It is amazing the amount of uses a horse can be trained for and how much they learn to accept. However, always be reminded that horses can be destructive in the human world when left untamed and untrained. That is why it is very important that horses undergo training, being taught the basic skills and tricks to perform many different helpful tasks. This is where you may need the help of a professional.
The horse trainer will help unlock the full potentials of the horse. He will be tasked to condition the mindset of the horse so it could be prepared for training sessions and could be open to learning what it needs for the desired discipline or job it is intended for.
You as the horse’s owner needs to understand that you play a very important role to unlocking the horse’s potential. That is because once the trainer has gotten the horse in the correct frame of mind and understanding you will need to know how to communicate with the horse and keep him going in the right direction. You can undo all the trainer has done with the horse in a matter of hours if you do not learn how to handle the horse correctly.
The first thing you can do in finding a good trainer is to seek for recommendations from peers and other horse owners. If you are unable to get recommendations from others, you can try the local veterinarian. They many know about the best horse trainers in their area. The vet deals with a lot of horse owners and will hear of bad as well as good comments of local trainers as well as possibly dealing with the trainer and their horses as well.
You can also hit the feed stores as they too may have good information of local trainers, either first hand or through clients of the trainer. Look at the ad boards, horse publications and even try internet sources for online classifieds.
Regardless of how you locate potential trainers, you must do an interview and examine the facilities and clientele of the horse trainer to ensure your horse will receive the kind of care and training you feel comfortable with. You should also make sure the trainer is open to you watching training lessons as well as receiving lessons on how to communicate with your horse when it is ready to come home.
Several accreditations from horse training bodies and industry groups are also being provided to certify a horse trainer’s capabilities. If the applicant horse trainer holds one, you will have a very good idea of how the trainer works and what methods are used in the training program.
When it comes to choosing the best horse trainer for you it is obviously a personal choice. What is good enough for one horse owner may not be good enough for another. Preferences and standards of care and training varies greatly between horse owners. That is why you can’t rely solely on the experiences of other horse owners and need to interview and watch your prospective trainer in action. In doing so, take heed from your personal impressions and experiences.
Good humor and genuine interest of horses are great traits of a good horse trainer as well as their experience and overall knowledge of horses and training techniques. Knowing the person through a sincere talk should show that he is truly interested in teaching you and your horse, this is key to a great trainer.