Originally Posted by Undante
I bought a horse who is very good, but not broke. I intended to keep him at my neighbors and friend, but she only has 3 paddocks and a small outdoor arena with jumps. (like 15 acres). So I decided to keep him a few miles away at a facility with a trainer and all the goods (round pen ect) because I felt it would make my job much easier in training him. I told the BO this and warned him I planned on breaking him within two months so by the time august came I would be able to bring him home.
My horse is smart and very mild and we work so well together. I feel he is ahead of me. I haven't been training him much for the past few weeks as it has been raining pretty bad and no indoor arena. But now the BO has stopped helping me and I have started moving my horse ahead to where I think he is and I have even sat on him and had him at a walk with a side pull no bit! The BO comes out and when he sees me training he says I am moving too fast and skipping steps, but refuses to help me or show me what he is talking about. I feel he is just trying to prolong my stay there, and he gets mad when I don't buy things from his tack shop! I'm not totally sure he isn't right, but I feel my horse might be the kind that can skip steps. He drives, lunges, and takes a rider, just not bitted yet (working on that). Should I slow down? Or is this guy trying to take advantage of my young age and boss me around?
This might come out to blunt, but unless this BO is willing to take time to show what they feel should be done, ignore him. I have no respect for people who feel they know better, but they don't actually offer an explanation. Having said this, if this trainer is not being paid to help you, then he/she does not have to offer help; however they should have no said anything to you in the first place.
Do you have access to a trainer in your area who can help you bring this horse along?