Yes, not all owners have a clue that there is a problem and what kind of a trainer would give a lesson on a horse that is having a problem!?
My horse came up lame 15 minutes before I was to have a lesson. Instead of a riding lesson, my trainer spent the hour with me figuring out what was wrong with my horse and how best to proceed with treatment. Now I knew something was wrong with my horse (limping and tried to kick me when I wanted to pick up her feet) so when my trainer arrived I told her what I had observed and we went from there. She would have flat out refused to give me a lesson if I had wanted one on my obviously lame horse!
Now trainers aren't vets, so you can't expect them to be able to diagnose or treat every problem but I can tell my trainer, my horse has a small sore here what do you think and she'll either suggest a treatment or tell me to go call the Vet. Same with poorly fitting tack, she'd flat out refuse to give me a lesson if I wanted to use something that was going to cause problems. If I buy any tack, I save the receipt and don't remove any tags until my trainer gives it the ok. She has no issues telling me flat out, that what I bought is inappropriate and why or that something I have needs to be altered. My trainer rode my horse on Mon. Didn't like the fit of my nose band and so she added more holes to it so it fit better.
Last edited by Delfina; 09-29-2010 at 01:22 PM.