Just because the OP sounds young doesn't mean she can't put two and two together. When I was younger and Gunther went into training I knew something was wrong in my gut, but I didn't say anything. And now I wish I did! Now that I know what I'm looking at it actually pisses me off. And that was from a "reputable trainer".
Putting a horse in the saddle in his/her stall is fine, I did it with Gunther and it worked out well. However, no responsible trainer would get up and leave the horse for 4+ hours. Too many reasons to count. What the horse tied or just let lose in his stall? I know two owners who decided it was a great idea to tie their horse in the stall and leave. Guess what?! The horse died. The vet suspected it was because the horse was spooked by something and his head was tied up so he had a some what "heat attack". I'm not against putting a horse in the stall and tying him for manners, eta.. but I would never, ever leave the horse tied and walk away.
What type of "harsh bit" was he using? A small cut is nothing, but if the horse has sores on both sides of his mouth I would probably be pissed. I don't know one horse, and I'll ask my boss today, that has gotten sores on both sides of his mouth from a simple training bit. Even if it was the first time riding the horse. It's not normal. To me I would be saying "hmm either this bit is too small/tight and is rubbing, or this guy is harshly pulling back with both reins, eta.."
No the trainer isn't there to be buddy buddy, but he still has to have some respect and trust from the horse.
Last edited by White Foot; 05-11-2010 at 07:36 AM.