Since this is my first foray into having a horse in full training at a barn that’s “away” from me it got me thinking on what is normal in terms of communication from the trainer and what is either above and beyond or falling wildly short.
Currently I am super happy with how and how often J is communicating with me. In the beginning I got more pictures and near daily updates via text, now that Phoebe is good and settled my updates are more once a week unless something odd is happening. Such as a lost shoe (fingers crossed we are DONE with that nonsense) or her more recent chiro/acupuncture updates.
So certainly more is better (at least for me) in terms of communication FROM the trainer. But what about communication from the client end? I mean yeah, we all obviously care a great deal about our horses and they are our babies. Are you a helicopter parent? More laissez-faire? How do you balance the desire for ALL THE INFORMATION with realizing that your pro also has other clients, students, and personal horses demanding their time and attention as well? Certainly this is simpler when you are at the barn at least weekly and can have a quick face to face with your trainer. While Phoebe is only an hour and a half away, it’s been difficult for me to make time to get up and see her on the weekends, and J isn’t there on weekends normally anyways so it’s a moot point.
However little Miss is back in work and her first day after a little over two weeks off was reported to be like “flying a kite and a tornado” hahaha. That’s my girl for you. She’s gonna be a 5-6 rides a week horse for the forseeable future. She has settled back into the routine and fingers crossed that J has no more head injuries, not even mild ones!