Some recent events have gotten me a little wary of the horses I take from people so I thought I would post my thoughts on the honesty of my clients sometimes. Now I don't know if they intentionally lie or if they just don't think certain things are very big issues but it seems like the horse they tell me about on the phone is not the one they drop off in my yard. I have had two horses that were so spooky that I had to rope them to catch them the next day. The owners described them as a little hard to catch. I had one horse that couldn't stand tied for 15 minutes without trying to hang back and break something and the owners said he might pull back when you pick up his feet. One horse that hadn't had her feet handled much would jerk her foot out of my hands and try to stomp it on my foot (she only wieghed 1500lbs). I've had "pretty stout" horses that were "almost 15 hands" show up reaching for 14 hands and 800 lbs. I am 6'8". Do you have any idea how difficult it is to properly cue a horse that it technically a pony? Pretty darn hard.
I don't turn down horses. I can't afford to and I think it's a bad habit to get into. All the horses listed above went home happy and well behaved but it would have been much easier on me and the horse and ultimately the owner if they would have either told the truth or said nothing. The horse won't lie for you. Within the first hour of the first ride I had alot of these horses figured out but alot can happen in that first hour that sets the tone for the next month.
So the point of all this ranting is to encourage those of you who are sending your horse to a trainer to be upfront with what you know about the horse and don't be afraid to tell the guy just how bad your horse is. If the trainer can't or won't be able to handle it then it is best you find out before you write the check.