I need to find a trainer who specializes in "problem horses". I'm hoping that I can find someone who will come out to my boarding barn in Westerville, Ohio. My problem, so far, is that very few trainers advertise their services. It seems like a lot of things in the horse world are done by word of mouth. Usually, this works out okay, because I have a reliable recommendation before I engage someone's services. But, in this instance, I'm looking for a very specific type of service, and I just don't know how to connect with the trainers who suit my needs.
I want a trainer who will come to my barn for several reasons: (1) I know that my gelding is safe at my barn, and will get proper feed and turnout, (2) I can visit him and work with him while he's in training, (3) Some of his behavior problems are related to certain things in the barn (a certain corner of the arena...etc).
I need a trainer who is experienced with fearful horses. My gelding is 4 years old, and up until February 2013 was never handled or worked with. He had 60 days of training and did well. He arrived at the barn May 5th, and for several weeks he was ridden consistently and was progressing nicely in his training. He is definitely a fearful horse. He spooks at everything, but with consistant desensitization, he was better every day.
However, two weeks ago he bucked me off as soon as I got in the saddle. Since then, we have continuously struggled with mounting. It has gotten to the point where he will rear and buck, as soon as someone sits on his back. He just frantically wants you off, off, off. It has become unsafe for me, and the other trainers at the barn, to try to mount him. He has regressed with his ground work as well.
I have ruled out possible health problems and back pain. We have tried different saddles, different saddle pads, and supplements.
He is not an aggressive or mean horse, but he has figured out that he can get his rider off. He needs a trainer who is experienced with young, green horses, and can work with them safely.
How do I find a trainer for him? Is it necessary to send him away? Aren't there trainers out there who will come to your barn? How do I make sure that I find a trainer with the necessary experience? Lots of trainers claim to have experience with troubled horses, but I can garuntee that this is not an easy fix. He is too much for the regular trainers that work out of our barn.