Selecting a trainer is one of the biggest decisions an owner will have to make. Not only will the selected trainer be the person to manage the horse’s career, but he or she can also be the “go to expert” providing advice on purchasing a horse amongst other things. With that in mind, it is important to make the right call so here are just a few factors to consider.
On average the costs of having a horse in training can range from €1,500-€2,000 per month although these can vary depending on your chosen trainer. With over 600 trainers in the country there are any number of trainers to choose from.
The location of the trainers' yard may influence how often you can visit the yard. Visiting the gallops and seeing your horse is an important part of the ownership experience, so location is a factor to consider when making your decision.
There are larger more established yards to choose from as there are smaller up and coming yards to consider. Both will have benefits, a smaller yard may have more time for both you and your horse or does the proven results of a larger yard outweigh that? There are benefits to both but a factor to think about.
Are regular updates important to you as an owner? If so how does each trainer communicate outside of yard visits e.g. phone call, email, text messages etc. Some trainers will be better than others at keeping in contact with an owner so let your potential trainer know in advance of what you expect.
All of the discussed factors are important, but to enjoy the experience to the full, an owner must have a good understanding and relationship with their chosen trainer. Visit the yard before making a decision, meet the trainer, the staff and get a feel for the place.
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