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    12-06-2009, 11:57 PM
Would you be upset if you saw this?

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?
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    12-07-2009, 12:03 AM
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No you aren't over reacting...

Uhhh, yeah I would be seriously steamed! Id throw a boot at him(the one that I didn't shove up his ass anyway) and demand my money back. Id also make him pay for the bloody gouges and the time it is going to take to cure the rainrot.

I"m sorry but if she just shrugged that off, she isn't a good horsewoman at all.

That poor horse...
    12-07-2009, 12:05 AM
I would be petrified an trainer takes the full responsibiliy of your horse if I seen my horse with rain rot and blood I would definetly find out why they did that. You are not over reacting at all and they should work on the canter both sides and shank bits are neck reining only snaffles are direct.
    12-07-2009, 12:05 AM
I would definitely be upset! You are paying the trainer to take care of your horse as well as train them. You are entrusting the safe-keeping of your horse to the trainer, and if they come back in that condition, I wouldn't consider that 'safe' or 'healthy'. And also the trainer only working the mare on the right lead? To me, that doesn't sound right. You're going to have some problems (most likely) if your horse is only trained to canter on one lead. I don't think you are over-reacting at all.
    12-07-2009, 12:09 AM
Indeed! Horses get dirty sure, but rain rot means they aren't properly cooled down or let dry once they are cooled down, and the blood kind of speaks for itself. If I'd been her, or even you, he would have heard my mouth for sure.

As for the right lead, I don't think that's as big of an issue....to me it just sounds like the trainer was lazy.
    12-07-2009, 12:57 AM
I would be one pissed off person, I would deman my money back.
    12-07-2009, 12:58 AM
I would very infuriated!!

I agree with all of the above..
Not over reacting at all!!

Can you sue that trainer??
Or, atleast.. Something?
So, no other horse has the possibilty of being treated the same way?
    12-07-2009, 01:01 AM
I would be SO mad
    12-07-2009, 01:37 AM
I would be super pissed and be demanding my money back and would NEVER reccommend this "trainer" to anyone else.

I might be crazy expecting this but, if I'm paying someone to train my horse, when it comes back I expect it to be trained.
That might just be me though
    12-07-2009, 01:40 AM
Wow! That is so BAD!!
How dares he
And frankly, if she just shrugs it off, Shame on her!!

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