I've been taking lessons with a guy for two years now. I've seen him ride my horse, and I've seen the way his training horses act in the barn. They all still have great, quirky personalities and are pretty much in your pocket. After some consideration, I am going to send Cowboy to him to get a better polish, and he was honest with me. He said "I figure you can get him 95% of the way there, and then when you're ready I'll ride him." Which is true. His walk and jog are nice, slow and true. I just can't get a consistent lope xD I'm hoping he's not going to be one of those who works my horse before I get there.
Either way, the man is established. He's won World Championships, so I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing.
The last trainer I was at noticed I picked up on the way he riding my horse, and asked ".. You learn a lot by watching, don't you?" I answered yes, and I neeeeever saw him riding again. As if I was going to steal his methods - I was paying him, there was no 'stealing' to it. Then he seemed shocked when my horse was winning big classes (because he failed to mention he was spur training my horse, which I found out at a later date with some experimenting ;D). He'd ask how Cowboy did, we'd tell him, "Oh.. Well... Well that's good..." wtf?
I've got a lovely bunch of Neuticals,
There they are all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head