Do it myself or hire a trainer? This is a very important question and one that many horse owners, especially new ones, may end up asking. The not so easy answer to this question is… it depends! There are pros and cons to both sides of this, but we're going to walk through them together!
First things to think about if you want to give it a go yourself – do you have the time to put into learning how to train your horse, then actually doing it? Do you have the confidence to deal with issues that will come up? Do you have the ability to deal with those issues (especially in the saddle)?
Now if you are sending your horse to a trainer… first of all, be aware that no trainer will be able to magically fix every problem your horse has in 30 days – you will still need to learn the basics of what your trainer is doing, so if an issue pops up back at home, you can take care of it. Also, is the trainer using methods that you are comfortable with?
There is a lot to think about with this question, and I go deeper in the video, so click play then tell us in the comments what your experiences are with trainers versus learning to do it yourself!