I was riding in the arena at the time, and this girl was REALLY FRUSTRATED by the her horse and the trainer's father (who I can't figure out if he's a trainer too or if he thinks he's a trainer too, anyway) had come in and saw her and gave her an impromptu lesson (more like a barking at) to try to help which almost brought the girl to tears. From talking to her I know that her horse is an OTTB who has been off the track only a year. She is also a green rider and 10yo at that. And what she had on that horse made me CRINGE...and the trainer's dad said nothing, and apparently doesn't know that it's dangerous. She was using a mechanical hackamore WITHOUT a curb AND it also didn't have the attachment at the bottom either causing the shanks to move individually. So when she pulled on the reins, the shanks just moved up and it did...NOTHING.
One of these... (without the piece connecting the shanks on the bottom)
Am I wrong thinking this is dangerous? I mean on ANY horse, but this is a young, green rider on an OTTB that has only had a year off the track. The horse looked mellow and safe, but I know I wouldn't dare try to ride Cinny like that. How could she stop it if it spooked and took off with her or something? And he kept barking at her about lack of control on the horse (at a walk) and yet... why didn't he correct her tack? I felt like telling them, but I have a feeling that these people do NOT want you interfering with THEIR students in any way. So I kept my mouth shut and just grumbled at Robo when we got home about it (he was there too).
I feel like asking the trainer herself if there is a reason the girl is using that hackamore in that way...but can't think of a way of asking it without sounding impertinent or like a "Know it all." And yet, I'm afraid not to mention it too... what would you do in this situation?