A few months ago my neighbor's got a trainer for their horses. I saw the guy riding and the horse seemed to have progressed really well... so I contacted him and asked if he'd be interested in starting my 4 year old gelding. He said yes and was out the next day.
1st day he lunged him and worked on getting his respect (my gelding can be a butt sometimes).
2nd day he was on him and riding around the back yard.
3rd day we went on a trail ride with him and he was excellent.
4th day he rode him again and started reining stops.
Here's my biggest mistake... never hire a trainer you can't communicate with. He only spoke Spanish (tiny bit of English) and me English (tiny bit of Spanish). So I thought I made it perfectly clear to him that I DID NOT want him doing those reining stops with Teak. I'm sure he understood me, but anyways...
5th day he went out of the yard and when he came back he clearly was bragging how well Teak was doing the reining stops!!! That's also when I noticed Teak was limping and when I pointed it out he brushed it off and said he was fine. I said no and pulled his boots off and sure enough his leg was swollen.
I tried telling him he needed a few weeks of rest and that's when he calls up this friend of his to translate. After rapidly speaking into the phone for a few minutes he hands it to me. The GALL of him... the first thing he wanted her to ask me was about the rest of his money! I basically told him to leave and he wasn't welcome back.
So I gave Teak a few months rest. I was so afraid it was a bowed tendon, but it healed too quickly. I think it was a splint. So he's fine now... and due to my QH mare's age and legs I worked up the courage to ride Teak. It's been about 10 rides with him so far (a couple with groups for 4 hours) (and also once all by himself until we picked up a friend) and he's done wonderfully!!! I'm so proud of him...
Sorry for the long book... if you got through that you deserve a piece of cake!