Don't know if this belongs here or not but I think it does :)
Anyway, I am wanting to find a trainer who can put some more time on my new OTTB 3 year old. Nothing to show or anything like that just keep her in shape and have some more time on her before springtime/summertime.
Now my question is...How do you find the "right" trainer? I've heard some many stories about people sending their horses to "trainers" and they come back worse then they left or starved or beaten or a number of other things. My horse is calm, gentle and broke. So when she comes back I'm expecting the same. But with more undersaddle time. I am not a beginner rider but I have just started two jobs and really don't have the time (or desire) to ride in the cold, wet, snow. But, BUT if I paid someone I wouldn't feel as guilty (for not riding her) and that's their job haha I know that sounds a little selfish but I mean it in the best way possiable :)
Also I want someone who is familiar with TB's but at the same time realizes I want her to be a trail horse not a jumper, or Dressage horse or anyother thing like that.. So where would you start looking? What questions would you ask? Would you want to talk to previous owners they had broken horses for? Well you get the idea haha.. I put a ad on my local craigslist.. I know not the safest place but I thought it would at least give me a few ideas of the "trainers" out there..
And just to let everyone know this will be the first horse I have sent off for training so I am going to be very picky and suspicious of everyone. My brother breaks and trains horses but he has blood clots and the doctor told him to lay off for a while, while they are getting his medicines and things straightened out. He usually does all the training for me but like I said he is unable to and I just don't trust many people with my horses so I wanted to get you all's opinions..
Also if you are in Va and have used a certain trainer or know of one that is good Pm me :)
Thanks so much, sorry this got so long.