I am in my thirties, my wife and I adopted two horses a year ago. We spent thousands of dollars (and I mean over ten grand) in training of both horses. Sought out John Lyons certified people, local people etc. After a year of training us and the horses, we still have one horse that got into the habit of rearing when he does not like something and another horse that braces on the bit when there is something more interesting for him to do. Our trainer swears up and down that we got great trail horses even after seeing my horse rear up several times when asked to cross a small puddle. I call bulls**t on that. So, I decided that I am sick and tired of horse trainers and training in general. What I am looking for now is a reputable farm/ranch that is in the business of producing trail horses and will stand behind them. The trail horses are their only source of income and they ride the horses almost every day for hours to the trails. The horse(s) have seen it all, done it all, they will take care of their rider the best they can.
I understand that any horse can spook or do silly things. But if my horse violently rears and kicks in my backyard when asked to do the smallest things - what is left for me on the trail?
The ranch/farm can be anywhere in the USA. This time I will take the time, travel to the ranch, spend a few days there riding the prospect on the trails before I buy. I feel that any reputable place should allow for that kind of a test.
So, how about it? Any recommendation or leads?
OD in Florida