I have an abused Mustang mare who is such a sweet heart to me. I have had her for a bit. When I first got her she would not get with in 10 ft of anybody without freaking out completely. I have spent tons of time with her and made some break throughs to where she will follow like a puppy around the barn, eats with people around, nicely takes treats, and is generally ok with anybody being around her. I did not have the experience or knowledge to safely take her any further. Realizing this I looked for a trainer and was approached by a local one who said she had worked with abused horses and mustangs as well. I thought..."Wonderful this is just what my mare and I need."
Well, long story short as possible.....I paid everything but $140 upfront and it is now 7 days until my 45 day training period is up. My mare is even worse and will not even come up to anybody. Half the time I come by in the middle of the day and my mare has no water and her bucket is bone dry. My bf and I had to put this mare into the round pen ourselves and I have never seen this "trainer" work with my horse. I can barely get ahold of her and when I do she is always busy somewhere else. I did sign a contract stating that I would exchange X amount of money for the gentling/ general riding horse training that would be done to my mare. I provided all feed for my mare and also a salt block (which I have yet to see my horse have), new halter, and hay bag.
So..I am hauling my mare home asap......I would appreciate any thoughts I can get on the situation. Thanks.