Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
Sorry, but I'm with the OP on this one. I have been on the other side of the coin, training horses with people who have crazy expectations, so I typically sympathize with the trainer, but not this time.
Firstly, the trainer was told what the horse was like, and still claimed they could get the horse going w/t/c. If the horse was surprisingly crazy, and the trainer was having problems, they should have called the owner in the first few days, and explained that it would take extra time.
Secondly, I whole heartedly agree with the person who said training these days was done at a snails pace. It should not take 6 months to get a horse to the point where someone experienced can use it on the trail.
Groundwork. Good grief. I do groundwork, but even with a super nervous, reactive horse with little-no training and bad experiences with people, it should not take more than 30 days(ever!) to finish the groundwork. And I'm sorry, but walking the horse around for the first 15 days without doing any actual training is absurd.
If there were issues along the way, the trainer should have communicated them better. If they had problems working with a nervous horse with issues, they should never have taken him on, and/or not promised a well started horse.