For me the bottom line is, it's my horse, I'm paying the bills and I don't like it. It doesn't matter if anyone ELSE considers it abuse, I DO. That's all the reason a trainer should need because they like earning my money. The first time I saw such a thing, belly kicking the horse, I'd tell them not to ever do it again or I'd pull my horse. If I saw it again, the horse is outta there, right now. Never mind 30 days notice, I told you 6 months ago not to ever boot my horse in the belly again or we'd leave, THAT is your 30 days + notice and be **** glad I gave you a second chance. You won't be getting a third and I'd load up my horse and we'd leave.
What too many people have forgotten is, the TRAINER is an EMPLOYEE and you are the BOSS. If the emplyee does something the boss doesn't like, the employee gets fired. No notice, no nothing. Giving a 30 day notice before you move your horse is a courtesy practiced in the industry for someone who is moving their horse and is otherwise happy with the service they've received. Yanking your horse out of training is firing the trainer and thus no notice is given. And I'd tell the trainer all that in no uncertain terms and tell them to take me to court and see how a judge feels.