Originally Posted by Cherie
Is the trainer close to you?
Go to the trainer to see your horse worked with at least 2 times a week. If you do not like the way he is handling your horse or he does not like you watching him handle your horse, THEN take your horse home.
I never minded if people came to watch me work with their horses. I always thought it would give them a better idea of how horses think and respond and would make them be better prepared to take the horse on after I was finished. I frequently asked them to come and watch and always wanted them to ride the horse at my place when it was ready.
What were the "bad things" you were reading about the trainer? Were the personal or about the methods used or......? The specific complaints would have a lot to do with whether or not I would be comfortable leaving my horse with the trainer or not. A lot of "negative" things that are said can be matters of perception or misunderstanding a particular method, etc
Though, as an aside, 30 days is really not long for "breaking" (starting a previously unworked horse) - was that your idea or is that how long the trainer told you it would take for the process to be complete? What, exactly, is it that the trainer has promised to have taught your horse in that time?