What did you do when you saw a horse abused, beaten or whipped madly by a trainer?
I close friend of mine was thrilled to be asked to help a big name local trainer at a major horse show about 15 years ago. She unfortunately found out some unsavory things going on behind the scenes at the show. She was asked to do an act of cruelty to a horse (gingering) and she flat out refused. She was asked to leave by the trainer. I asked her what she did then, she told me she did nothing. What should she have done? What would you do?
I hear all too often about horses that were hit on face for a refusal and end up being blind in one eye. I also knew someone that boarded their horse next to mine at a boarding stable and decided to send the horse out for training since the trainer on site was not the type they wanted. Within a week of leaving the horse had died at the trainers. The only story I got was that the trainer had been seen whipping the horse in anger and the horse flipped over backwards and hit it's head and died. As far as I know the incident remained quite and the trainer was still in business many years after that.
What should happen to these people? Why does the horse community remain quite when it comes to "protecting their own"? As a horse owner and admirer of great horse trainers I would think that the horse community would love to oust these types of trainers - but no, they keep quite on the subject, too quite.
If you know of any news reports of horse trainers committing abuse in your local area, please post a comment with a link to the article. Getting the word out and informing your fellow horse owners is half the battle that we must win.
How to locate the horse trainer from hell
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If you are looking for a horse trainer and don't know who to avoid then just look them up here. Look under your location (if no location then just suggest one under any of the posts as a comment and I will add it ASAP) for horse trainers from hell and look at the comments. See if the horse trainer you are thinking about taking lessons from or sending your horse to has a tale from hell. If you have experienced a horse trainer from hell either a professional or amateur then let off some steam here and let the rest of the horse world know about them. Don't forget to name names. Please read this first before posting If the trainer in question disputes the claims they find on here then they are very welcome to post a comment too. Tell only the truth. Comments are only moderated to screen out ads for websites or "buy this or that" spam and for not staying on topic. General comments should be made under the "General Blog Posts" category.