Why would a training wreck affect boarders and any other horses that are not in training there? Are boarded horses well cared for? Do they have a good management and feeding program?
I would think that the owner's way out would be to replace the trainer. How on earth would this trainer justify beating a horse over the head? That was the problem and not bitting the horse up. Using such harsh methods or equipment that horses have scars on their chins can only be described as abuse or facts are being overly exaggerated.