So, almost 2 yrs ago I bought my QHX. He was a PMU rescue originally, and I am his 5 or 6th owner, at the ripe old age of 5. So he came with huge trust issues. Previous owners (last 2) are nice people for sure, and sold him for various reasons-the last being she wanted a gaited horse, and he was not. During the year she had him she put trail miles on him, which is great, but she did not have a ring, so he was never asked to do anything but follow another horse. He was never pushed, frankly. So, I get him, he goes to trainer "A" who is great, tends toward NH training, and he got him soft and working in a ring fairly well. Put a good base on him. I then brought him home, and went to a "Parelli" barn-I use the term loosely, since the guy is a great horsemen, but uses the name to attract customers....... We gained confidence and learned together all last winter.
My goal all along has been to "play" with some reining with this guy. He will never be a "derby" horse, but I want to be able to go to some local shows and have fun. I am not getting any younger, and the training seems to be taking forever. I have now found a true reining trainer (Trainer C) who has taken my horse and is doing great things with him, altho the progress is slow, since he is older.
Soooooo, I go to see him this week for the first time in 6 weeks. I take a video, which many of my friends up north are interested to see. I put it on FB. He really looks great. Anyway-last owner is now emailing me, messaging me, etc......because the trainer did not "reward" the good things the horse did. I try to explain that the release of pressure is his reward. She wants to see him pat the horse, since she has now learned John Lyons. Really? How about the NOTHING he knew when I bought him? All of a sudden she is an expert? She has NO clue about reining AT all, and now wants to try and tell me how this horse should be trained?
The horse is a Parelli LBI, which is REALLY hard to deal with, so he gets "stuck" when pushed. He really needs to get over himself, frankly, and learn that he can do what he wants for 23 hours a day. I only ask for one. She also needs to get that message LOUD AND CLEAR. I don't want to be rude to her at all, but I am getting annoyed. THe horse is not, and will never be even close to being abused.....he is not being asked anything he does not have the ability to do, and most of it he already knows!
Sorry for the vent......I really don't want to "unfriend" her, or get nasty, but I am about to. She just doesn't get it. I am about to tell her if she wants, she can buy him back-for about $5K more than I bought him for, since that is about what I have invested in training to this point. She keeps going on how she "loves" this horse-like I don't? I am the only one who has really invested anything including time in him, and not sold him off, like the 5 before me. I just want to scream at her "YOU SOLD HIM, REMEMBER?"