Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Unfortunately some trainers are just weird. SOunds like you found one.
Walkers are different, they need to be treated different as far as training, as I am sure you know. Red flags keep popping up here. 1. Her "racking horse" was trotting. LOL. 2. She put blinders on, as she won't "pay attention" and she's only worked the horse for 2 weeks? Any trainer that starts to handicap a horse to make it better "trained" after having it only 2 weeks, and a green broke horse at that, needs to be kicked in the rear. She doesn't need blinders, she needs work.
The "clumsy" thing, may also be a red flag. I've seen a lot of people call walkers "clumsy" because they drag their feet more than other horses due to their gait, and may trip more (not all of them, but some for sure). As someone who has owned and worked with Walkers, they are not clumsy, but need to be trimmed correctly and allowed to find their rhythm. I would see it as a red flag is she says your horse is clumsy, as that is an indication that maybe she does not know they breed as well as she does. If she did, she would not blame the horse for something that trivial.
Also, what kind of "showing" does she do with walkers? I am always skeptical of the trainers who "show" walkers and train them for the bigger shows. I know there are good and bad ones out there, but, especially in the walking world, they can REALLY mess them up when they try to get them to gait "correctly."
I would go get my horse. She's not answering calls or making an effort to keep you informed, which, in my opinion, makes for a bad training experience all around.
Have you ever been there when she works with your horse?
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **