Bad "Trainer" What To Do
So first and foremost, I'm on here because I've been pretty hormonal lately, and am more apt to yell first and ask questions later, and I want to make sure that I should do something first before I potentially alienate people I don't want to alienate.
So here goes, these are all somewhat related issues. First, I know a rescue, keep in touch with them etc., and recently they posted that a 2 year old Quarter Horse mare was adopted by a trainer. Well I am pretty sure I know the "trainer" mentioned, and she is not anyone I'd want near my horses. She has lamed a friend's horse, running barrels every time she gets on the horse. The owner doesn't ride, so it's nothing the owner is doing that is causing the problems. This "trainer" doesn't care if the horse is sore or not, she'll still go galloping around the barrels, and when she rides this is apparently all she does the entire time she rides. No walk trot canter type work, no warming up, just straight into galloping barrels. I wouldn't put it past her to "train" this baby and then instead of giving it back to the rescue, going behind their back and selling the horse to the highest bidder. She's also only 17 or 18, no one is really exactly sure of her age. So do I send an anonymous e-mail to the rescue just basically saying that I've seen and heard lots of bad things about this person, so really make sure you check her references, or do I just leave well enough alone, and hope that this "trainer" is nicer to this horse than she is to my friend's horses?
Second issue, the friend who has this "trainer" working her horses, just recently got a baby, supposedly somewhere around 20 months old. She says that the previous owner has no idea how old the baby really is, they just guesstimated her at 20 months old. She posted about 4 days ago that whoever else is it she has training this horse, (not the same trainer mentioned above), is now riding the horse, and in her words exactly "I am so proud of my yearling, she was ridden for the first time today, and was so amazing." I asked her about it, and how old the horse really was, and she freaked out and said that "Oh, she's 2, the vet looked at her teeth and said she was 2". I'm betting money the vet has never seen this horse, this person never calls the vet out, no matter how many times people have told her she should when she asks what she should do. She also said that she'd talked with the trainer at the barn she's boarding at, and discussed the baby, and they all agreed that as long as she's brought along slowly, its fine. Well, she posted a couple days ago, and again yesterday about how nice the horse's trot is, and how good her not yet 2 year old (again her words) is. So obviously if she wants to work the baby that young and that often, no one is going to be able to talk her out of it, but I feel like by not saying anything, that the baby is going to get injured, or develop problems, and that I didn't try hard enough to get the owner to realize what she was doing. Like I said in the beginning, I've been really hormonal and moody, and I see these posts, and just want to post a scathing reply calling her out on it, even if I know it's not a good idea, so again, is there something I could say, or should say, or should I just leave well enough alone, and just try and ignore those posts. They come from several different people, so even if I were to unfriend one person, I'd still be seeing these posts. Thanks! I just hate to think that horses are going to suffer because these people I know are not treating them right.