Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
The thing that got me was not the hours worked, she knew that was all a part of it, but the way that the horse's were handled.
I am not a fan of riding horses that are barely 2, but I know it's the industry standard for futurities. The thing is, there are ways to do it with as little damage to the horse as possible. Hell, my Dad did it for years and years and most of the horses he showed in futurities went on to have very long and successful riding careers with no lameness issues. BUT, it was a very rare thing to see him get even slightly harsh with a horse that young, let alone bloodying them up just to get a fast turn or a hard stop.
OP, I am really sorry that you ended up in that position. It must have been terrible. If it was me, I would really look into ways to report him anonymously. I understand that most people would be quick to scream "OMG, report it to anyone and everyone who will listen!!!" and that is my first reaction too, but at the same time, I understand how the industry works and doing something like that publicly can absolutely ruin your chances of ever getting a good job with anyone because you will always be labeled a "tattletale".
I hope it all works out for you and I am glad you were able to find another job.
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