One of my friends has a 5 year old Trakhener mare by Windfall. She is a very nice mare and is approx. 15.2. My friend started eventing this mare last year at the horse trial that I started my horse at. We were in the same BN division. While she did ok, she didn't do great. The next event, she moved up to Novice. The horse STILL had problems with ditches, water, and banks and that was proven when she had 3 stops at a single ditch at Novice. This friend claimed that there was nothing wrong and her horse was perfectly brave (she's not a naturally brave animal). After just three Novice events (one win, only after my trainer made her over her fear of ditches) with many time penalties and several jump penalites, she moves the mare up to Training. This girl has NEVER gone Training before and you can tell the mare is not ready. She has never had a young horse and I am afraid for disaster. They are an accident waiting to happen. She wants to run the horse Advanced when she is 8 and will stop at nothing to get there.
WWYD if you were in a situation where you felt obligated to tell someone that they are pushing a horse too fast only to save them from danger... leave it alone? Or say something?
Our trainer is moving overseas so talking to the trainer is not an option. Parents are clueless about horses.