My trainer fiasco
A few months ago my neighbor's got a trainer for their horses. I saw the guy riding and the horse seemed to have progressed really well... so I contacted him and asked if he'd be interested in starting my 4 year old gelding. He said yes and was out the next day.
1st day he lunged him and worked on getting his respect (my gelding can be a butt sometimes).
2nd day he was on him and riding around the back yard.
3rd day we went on a trail ride with him and he was excellent.
4th day he rode him again and started reining stops.
Here's my biggest mistake... never hire a trainer you can't communicate with. He only spoke Spanish (tiny bit of English) and me English (tiny bit of Spanish). So I thought I made it perfectly clear to him that I DID NOT want him doing those reining stops with Teak. I'm sure he understood me, but anyways...
5th day he went out of the yard and when he came back he clearly was bragging how well Teak was doing the reining stops!!! That's also when I noticed Teak was limping and when I pointed it out he brushed it off and said he was fine. I said no and pulled his boots off and sure enough his leg was swollen.
I tried telling him he needed a few weeks of rest and that's when he calls up this friend of his to translate. After rapidly speaking into the phone for a few minutes he hands it to me. The GALL of him... the first thing he wanted her to ask me was about the rest of his money! I basically told him to leave and he wasn't welcome back. :evil:
So I gave Teak a few months rest. I was so afraid it was a bowed tendon, but it healed too quickly. I think it was a splint. So he's fine now... and due to my QH mare's age and legs I worked up the courage to ride Teak. It's been about 10 rides with him so far (a couple with groups for 4 hours) (and also once all by himself until we picked up a friend) and he's done wonderfully!!! I'm so proud of him...
Sorry for the long book... if you got through that you deserve a piece of cake! :lol:
Wow it sounds like that trainor was good until the end part, then he just turned out to be a loser. Ya you got to be careful who you hire as a trainor, you never know who they might be or what language teh fluently speak.
Glad everythin worked out tho.
Ah, that's horrible. :( Glad you got rid of him, & that the horse was okay. :)
Its too bad he didn't respect your wishes.
In 4 days he did a great job, minus the leg thing. It took me 4 days just to touch Dumas' head when we got him! (he is head shy)
Oh, I was totally impressed with him up until the last day. I am also VERY glad that Teak was ok. His mom (my QH mare) I've had leg problems with her for over 7 years. She bowed a tendon twice, so he was my replacement for her and when I saw him limping and that guy not caring.... I just lost it! :x
I bred and raised Teak so I've been working with him from the day he was born. I've exposed him to everything I can think of. So he's really most of the time pretty mellow. He's been ponied everywhere, so being on the trail is nothing new to him... it was just being on the trail with a rider.
For over a year I've been throwing a saddle and bridle on him... just never had the courage to maybe get bucked off. :wink:
Aww, I don't blame 'ya. He shouldn't have acted like that when she was limping.
I do not want to start a fight here... I was just wondering if maybe he really did know what he was doing and there was a lack of communication and he wasn't able to tell you that the horse's leg wasn't anything to worry about? Maybe you overreacted a tad bit due to the history of your other horse? You had every right , when you told him to stop...its your horse period. I just can't help but wonder if this guy was really great and it was more the communication barrier that ruined the whole thing. :roll:
You're just stating an idea... I don't take it as a fight. I tried telling him I wanted him to have a break for a few weeks and he said basically no he's fine.
With a swollen leg, heat and a bump like a bow I'm not going to have someone keep riding my horse to make it worse. He still has a bump there and the swelling didn't go away for two weeks, so it wasn't my imagination.
That's ok though... money has been tight and I saved myself $750. :)
That's good. :D I agree with you, you did the right thing. I mean, what if something happened to your horse? He could've over-worked him, 'ya know?
And with my money situation I can't afford to buy another horse. Plus, Teak is my baby I bred and raised... I can't get rid of him. Without him I have no horse to ride.
Oh, I forgot to mention... the neighbor's that were using him before me kept telling me I was imagining things about Teak's leg, etc... but guess what? They fired him too less than a month later. Oh, also...
The first time the guy rode Teak when he got done Teak was rubbed raw behind his shoulders from the guy's cinch. I went and bought a brand new one (my mare's doesn't fit him) for $40. When I fired him I forgot it was still on his saddle... so guess what? He stole my cinch!
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