Horse training is a broad discipline, with the types of training outnumbering the types of riding or uses for our equine companions. Finding the right trainer to help you and your horse is critical to successfully reaching your goals regarding your horse. When starting your research to find a trainer, carefully consider the type of training you want as well as the trainer’s experience in that method. The Equine Legal Team at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is pleased to provide a list of horse training resources in West Virginia (WV), Pennsylvania (PA), and Ohio (OH) to jumpstart your research.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is providing this listing of equine industry professionals as a courtesy; any equine industry professional can request to be listed here and the firm in no way endorses any of the following business, professionals, or their services. To have your equine business listed in our Resources clearinghouse, please contact Allison J. Farrell by phone at (304) 521-6120 or by email.
Introduction to Equine Trainers and Other Horse Training Resources
To find the right horse trainer, you first need to have training goals. For a beginning rider, those might include horse care and basic lead training. For a more experienced rider or owner, the end goal will determine the appropriate type of training. Are you interested in competition or just pleasure riding? If competing is your goal, in what style of riding or events? Western riding competitions include reining and cutting, while English riding events include eventing, show jumping, and dressage. You need a trainer who understands your goals and is experienced in your desired equine activities.
Training horses is somewhat of a misnomer because it also involves training the rider. A beginning rider might also need instruction on basic horse care. A more experienced rider may want help getting acquainted with the particular personality of a new horse or engaging in a new type of riding. Whether you’re seeking a trainer for both yourself and your horse or just for your horse, having clear goals in mind can help you choose the right trainer for your situation.
Researching Equine Trainers and Training through Professional Equine Associations
Professional equine associations offer a world of information on the different types of horseback riding and equine training styles. The first step to choosing horse trainers in WV, PA, or OH is obtaining a deep understanding of the options and whether they’re available in your area. Professional associations are also a great resource for gauging the experience level or quality of particular training.
Following are some of the professional equine associations that can help in searching for horse trainers:
- US Equestrian
- American Riding Instructors Association
- Northern West Virginia Quarter Horse Association
- National Barrel Horse Association – West Virginia chapter
- Pennsylvania Equine Council
- Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association
- Ohio Quarter Horse Association
- Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association
Horse Training Resources in WV, PA, and OH
After investigating your options for types of training, the next step is choosing a trainer that’s right for you and your horse. Geography is clearly a large part of the equation, but other factors are relevant as well:
- The type of equine activity involved
- The horse’s experience generally and with the activity involved
- The rider’s experience generally and with the activity involved
- The trainer’s expertise
Following are some of the horse trainers available in your area.
Horse Trainers in WV
Equestrian Dynamics, 15990 Charles Town Road, Charles Town, WV 25414
Valley Ridge Farm, 1901 Cale Road, Masontown, WV 26542
Coventry Woods Stables, 434 Canterbury Woods Drive, Charleston, WV 25312
Horse Trainers in PA
Next Level Horsemanship, 790 Shady Dale Road, Port Matilda, PA 16870
Foxcote Show and Sport Horses, 860 Dietz Road, York, PA 17402
Horse Trainers in OH
C and C Horsemanship, 4149 Zuercher Road, Apple Creek, OH 44606
Windy Hill Farm, 6214 State Route 83, Millersburg, OH 44654
Experienced Equine Attorneys Should Be One of Your Horse Training Resources
Having a horse is a big investment, financially and emotionally. To get the most out of your investment, make sure you and your horse have the proper training. Information about training horses is plentiful on the Internet, but practical training is key to meeting your goals and your potential. Equine attorneys are also a necessary part of your training plan to help when legal matters arise.
If you have questions regarding equine law or legal claims involving horses in WV, PA, or OH or suggestions of other horse training resources, contact the Equine Legal Team at the Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC Clarksburg office. Led by attorney and lifelong horsewoman Allison J. Farrell, we can help with all varieties of equine legal matters. For a consultation, please call (304) 521-6120 or complete this online contact form.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is providing this listing of equine industry professionals as a courtesy; any equine industry professional can request to be listed here and the firm in no way endorses any of the following business, professionals, or their services. To have your equine business listed in our Resources clearinghouse, please contact [email protected].