Qualifications or experience?

SnowPhony

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When it comes to sending your horse for schooling or backing, would you rather the person doing so has experience, or qualifications?

Would you take someone on to do the job from recomendation only or are qualifications important??
 

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Qualifications - I take it you mean BHS ones as they are the main practical ones - are evidence that someone does know how to look after, lunge, ride or whatever to a certain standard.
It would be rare for someone to get qualifications without experience though, so your question makes it more clearcut than it is.
Ideally I'd want someone with qualifications AND experience.
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But are there qualifications specific to specialist schooling such as problem horses, or youngsters?

Sure qualifications may say that someone can care for a horse, ride etc. But do they show that someone is competent enough to bring out the best in a horse?

It's just a general query I have to get an idea on peoples thoughts. Someone I knew was going to send her 17 year old with problems to someone with a proven track record in successfully correcting problem horses. But she didn't send him in the end because he lacked any formal qualifications. Just seemed a bit mad to me.
 

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I wouldnt send my horse for schooling / backing. But if I WAS to then I would say experience and word of mouth recommendations. Qualifications dont mean a huge amount IMO.
 
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