Monday, July 13, 2009

Phone Update!

I haven't heard from Denali's trainer for a while, so I gave her a call. I forgot that this weekend was the property owners 60th birthday, so they had his party in the arena. No riding was done this weekend so they could get it cleaned up and set up (in case it rained.) Apparently Denali thought all of the 120 guests were there for her. She stood (from what I was told) right by the fence and called to anyone and everyone in hopes that they would bring her over some carrots or grass. She's such a suck up. I guess she had her own little fan club. What a horse! Hope all is going well with everyone's horses!

Oh! I was wondering if you had your horse in training how it works. Do you pay for a month and then that's it or do you pay for it by lessons? Denali's training is $350 for 16 lessons (1 hour.) It works out since sometimes I don't get out to the barn that often, and that way I know that she is being worked. It is expected that those 16 lessons will be done in a month, but sometimes that doesn't work out. When I first put her into training in March she was such a hot mess that we did a BUNCH of ground work. The trainer would show me something and then I would work on it for several days. That 16 lesson package lasted until May 1. That's when the real riding started. Have I mentioned on her that she is now cantering under saddle? I haven't ridden her while cantering, the day that the trainer asked for the canter I had been in the car accident and didn't want to die. :)

Hope everyone who reads this is having a great week! I love your comments!


SprinklerBandit said...

I want to say that's a $350 a month for training at my barn. That's 3-4 rides a week by my trainer, usually about half an hour a ride. It's been a while since I've looked in to that, though. It sounds like you have a good arrangement, though.

Izzy and I just started cantering, too. Soo exciting!

Denali said...

That's great!! It's such a scary thing, because you never know how it's going to feel. I'm exciting to ride her when I get back!