Originally Posted by Saddlebag
This story is very common in training barns. It becomes paid slavery.
Yep it is hard work, but no one is forced to do it.
A trainer can figure out who wants to be there bad enough and who has a good work ethic. It weeds out the ones that aren't really looking to put in the time. Some places do take advantage of that drive of young people to want to make it and treat their assistants/lopers like crap. I am by no means saying that the OP is lazy or didn't want it bad enough, there were other circumstances causing her to leave which is very unfortunate. I hope she doesn't give up.
Trainers like she worked for are not good trainers if they have to resort to "gimmicks" to make up for a lack knowledge. I am sure it won't be long before his horses will be going downhill and so will his clientele.