Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Sending your horse off to a trainer when you can't visit frequently can be pretty tough. I've never had to do it, fortunately, and I've been lucky enough to have some trainers near by that do really good work if I needed it.
What I hope is that you've done your due diligence and really checked out not only the trainer but also the facility really well. I've heard so many horror stories about "respected" trainers that if I had to send off a horse, I would check out a lot of references and make a few unannounced trips up to the stable first.
I would also want to know about the feed they use and how much, as well as the vet and farrier. I would also like to know about stabling or turnout and who is actually riding my horse - the trainer or an assistant.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.