Help regret sending horse to trainer and want her back
Help I was so stupid. Sent a horse to a trainer to be broke. Once home I then googled the trainer and only heard bad bad things. Signed a contract that starts her in training tuesday. Do you think I can get my money back? What do I do besides learn this lesson on researching trainers. I was so dumb please help.
I am sure you could go pick your horse up this minute... But I doubt very much you would be able to get your money back.
Would I be better off taking my chances and stay with it?
Unless you don't mind losing the money, just bring her home and chalk it up to a lesson learned. If anything, tell him that a friend or something wants to train your horse cheaper because she's just starting her business and wants to get her name on horses and see if he'll give you half or 3/4ths back because he may have turned down or pushed another horse to a waiting list. Or just tell him the truth and see what he says if you aren't too worried about making an "enemy".
Otherwise, I can't tell ya much else without seeing the contract. It may state that you receive the unused money back for the days you pulled her out (I know a lot of trainers around here that do this).
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Just stated that paid 30 days training beginning nov 26 to dec26
So it's only 30 days? Go get your horse, and chalk up the price as your cost for learning that you check references FIRST, not after you've paid and sent the animal away.
Is the trainer close to you?
Go to the trainer to see your horse worked with at least 2 times a week. If you do not like the way he is handling your horse or he does not like you watching him handle your horse, THEN take your horse home.
I never minded if people came to watch me work with their horses. I always thought it would give them a better idea of how horses think and respond and would make them be better prepared to take the horse on after I was finished. I frequently asked them to come and watch and always wanted them to ride the horse at my place when it was ready.
What were the "bad things" you were reading about the trainer? Were the personal or about the methods used or......? The specific complaints would have a lot to do with whether or not I would be comfortable leaving my horse with the trainer or not. A lot of "negative" things that are said can be matters of perception or misunderstanding a particular method, etc
Though, as an aside, 30 days is really not long for "breaking" (starting a previously unworked horse) - was that your idea or is that how long the trainer told you it would take for the process to be complete? What, exactly, is it that the trainer has promised to have taught your horse in that time?
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