I was over at a friends house today, when her horse came back from the trainer. My friend is someone I admire greatly as a horse woman and is a very good trainer herself, but had hurt her back and had decided to send her mare to a trainer that we both know. I have ridden horses that were broke by him before and overall the results were very good.
The mare was having problems at the canter and my friend did not want to interrupt her training when she got hurt. Therefore off to the trainer she went.
I was horrified when the mare got off the trailer today. She was filthy, full of rain rot and had bloody marks from spurs. He got on her and proceeded to show how well she was doing. Yes she did respond better but he was pulling her around by the mouth with a really long shanked bit. Now I am not a western rider at all but my understanding of those bits is that they are to be used for neck raining only, not for using a direct rain.
He then explained that he had worked on her canter, but she only picks up the right lead. He apparently only ever works his horses on what ever lead they pick up.
If I was sending a horse to a trainer then I would expect a little more, putting the body condition of the horse aside. If I sent the horse to a trainer to work on her canter work then I would expect both leads to be worked equally.
My friend seemed to be completely happy with the work that was done and when I mentioned something about the condition of the mare she kinda shrugged it off.
Would you be upset if your horse come back in that condition? Do you think I am over reacting?