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post #1 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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I currently ride at a farm 20 min from my house.i have an issue on how they treat there lesson horses.i ride a horse named penny.penny eats her poop which i know is a mineral deficiency.i asked my ridding instructor (not the BO) about it and she said its just something she does.Whenever i groom her she starts trying to bite me and chomping her teeth together like shes also happens when i put my hand almost anywhere on her body but her butt.Her skin isn't really thick and you can feel her bones when you touch her for the most part by her withers.i also asked and was told that's just how she is.i have been ridding there for about a year and Ive only been allowed to ride two horses both mostly beginner horses that can wtc and jump.Everyone else in my lesson is allowed to ride several different horses than me.When ever i bring it up she dismisses it.i know if i ride at the other barn the instructor will put me on horses that challenge me and i will get to ride a variety of horses.Recently i was ridding her and she normally dose not like to go and she was being really bad about it.My instructor brought the horse to the middle and whacked her had with the whip over and over for a few seconds and penny was freaking out and trying to get away and then she had me do it and told me i wasn't doing it hard enough because i should have been able to hear the sound when it hit her I'm not really sure i want to go back because i think what she did was wrong.

The other trainer I'm considering is my old trainer Tracy who i rode with for 2 years until i went to camp and then couldn't ride for a year.Her new barn is 35 min from me.Right before i stopped going she would start the lesson at 5 30pm knowing my grandmother was driving me and we would get there at exactly 6 when the lesson was supposed to start.She would then still charge me for the hour even though i only got in half an hour of ridding she she didn't offer to stay later to make up for it either.She can also be a bit tough and yell sometimes.Her horses are always treated well and never kicked and she uses natural horsemanship.i also learned alot from her and the barn i'm at now its the same thing every week.

im not sure who to pick thank you for reading all of it and for any advice you have
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 07:14 PM
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Perhaps the second instructor can schedule you a later lesson time so you can get there in time to tack up. I would stay away from the first trainer for the simple reason that she does not treat her horses well. She knows Penny has a mineral deficiency but does nothing about it?? If she's ribby, she's also most likey lacking forage (hay) which will also result in eating manure. See if the other trainer can move your lesson back 30 minutes and go with her.

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 08:35 PM
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Neither one of these places sounds very desirable. Is there no other barn you can get lessons at? My instructor has been great about flexibility in scheduling, and (she's also the barn owner) the horses are all in very good condition. Some of them need to gain a little weight, but that is an issue she is open about and is actively working on with the vet. I have never seen a horse whipped at this barn. Crops and dressage whips while in saddle, yes - but even then, only as a reminder, not a punishment. Even when my mount is being truculent and uncooperative, it's always clear that this is the rider's horse management issue, not a fundamental problem with the horse.

If you've got to pick one, I'd say go for the one where the instructor was a jerk about the time (and see about getting a different time slot) and not the one where the horses are mistreated.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 08:52 PM
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Neither sound like they dserve your business. I would look around for another instructor. With a 35 minutes radius from your house, you are bound to find something else. When I look for an instructor it is very important for me to fond someone I can look up to and want to be like. I am not into pain as a punishment and would not want to take a lesson from someone who did. As for the second trainer, she was collecting money that she didn't work for.

Remember - you are hiring this person to work for you! You are the client and they need to make you happy, not the other way around (within reason of safety and health of you and the horse). If the trainer can not accomadate the time you need then you need to find someone else. If they can not accomadate yoru style of riding or your riding goals, you need to find someone else.

Good luck!
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