I'm the head trainer/barn manager at a hunter/jumper facility. The barn owner hired a girl part-time to do most of the chores and she has basically morphed into my assistant. I'm in my late 20's and she just turned 21 so we get along pretty well.
I've given her a few riding lessons and she is a horrible rider.. She can hardly post and is scared to death of falling off and will rip out a horse's mouth if it goes a little to fast. She has literally pulled so hard on a relatively quiet horse that it ran backward several feet and reared, which it has never ever done. She's great at asking questions and wants to learn.. infront of me she admits her ability.
The problem is she calls her self a trainer! We have several novice boarders at the barn that she talks to and gives them "tips". She WAY oversells herself and quite frankly tries to do my job.
We had a newer boarder who bought a OTQH because she wants to barrel race. My "Assistant" has become good friends with this girl and has been helping her "train" her horse and today the girl got seriously injured (broke her leg in like 4 places and shattered her ankle).
The owner and I agree that something needs to be said... we're just not sure what to say because we don't want piss her off.. she can be a bit hot headed and were not looking for any more drama.