Aww, that is awesome to hear. What lucky horses you have! Not all horses get good treatment...especially my last lesson horse. I should have known what I was in for when my instructor told me not to go "poor baby". It was in response to her giving me his history (couple divorced, horses were left with bitter husband. They had no children, so he took it out on the horses to get at the ex wife. He starved 2 out of 3 to death. My horse was emaciated, had buck shot in him and was slashed up.) Then she said don't pity them. It's either they're here performing their duties, and being obedient or they're slaughtered...which I understand is true, but I will feel sorry for him if I want to! Gosh. :/ That's a horrible thing to endure. I'm not going to treat him like an object and pretend he doesn't have feelings. So sad. At least he's somewhat happy now, aside from being smacked around and kicked by my instructor. Maybe she'll keep her hands off him now that he's been purchased. He is still being boarded there. I wish I had the time, but I can't step away often with a little one and no daycare right now. What you do for a living, exactly? I would have loved to had been there if I could. I'd have gone to school for nursing if I didn't have an icky immune deficiency. I enjoy caring for people and animals. Its funny, because my husband hates it! God forbid I take care of that man. His masculinity is at stake! His man card may be revoked. Bahaha. Men. I'm up late worrying about my lesson in the morning. I'd much rather work with animals than people. People are meeean! Lol
You know what? That is a "poor baby" story and one that would make ME think fond thoughts of visiting some rough justice on the idiot that mistreated that poor horse. Horses are such wonderfully trusting and forgiving animals, much more than a lot of folks deserve.
Your trainer is right but, IMO unnecessarily jaundiced in her views, in being so accepting of the sad lot of a lot of horses. To say, "They're either hear working or going to slaughter.", is painting with a too narrow vision. My friends and I were talking and I made the comment about one of my mares, that even if I could never ride her again (for whatever reason, me or her), I would not sell her. She will have a home here until she dies.
I am chief cook and bucket washer and manure picker for 8 adult horses and 2 soon to be born foals. When I'm not working here, caring for them, I work part time as a roving patient services rep for a large medical corporation. Mostly I'm the barn help with some assistance from a college girl who comes in daily to handle some of the chores with me.
My horses ARE spoiled, rotten. My husband says that I buy "Gucci Blankets" for them and shop the GW (Good Will) Boutique for me. It's not quite that bad, but I do make sure they get what they need before I spend anything on anything I don't feel is a necessity. They are spoiled if you consider that they are well fed, kept safe, groomed to within an inch of their lives, loved on, and asked to work occasionally. They are not spoiled to the extent that I allow them to be dangerous or disrespectful.
My friends, who are considering buying a horse or 2, are new to horse keeping. They ride at what I call Beginner - Intermediate Trail level. They can stick most things that would happen on a trail ride, but have not been trained to show, which they're also considering learning about. They came out here to see the day in, day out work and care for horses to see if it's something they want to take on or if they would rather have horses in a boarding situation. One thing that has struck them is that they can walk out into my pastures with my horses and they are not worried about being injured because my horses all understand 'personal space'. They also like that the horses come up, one at a time, for pets and loving and then move on and let the next horse in. They get that that is consistent handling and training, not something the horses just do on their own. They've been here a week and I have not raised my voice, my hand or my foot to a single horse. I would if needed, but it hasn't been needed.
LOL! Husbands are silly, vain creatures. They are either like yours or they turn into complete babies that all but want a diaper change when they're sick or injured. There doesn't seem to be any in between.